Working with Maori and Pasifika

We work collaboratively with iwi, community, educators, trainers and government to inspire the participation and education of Maori and Pasifika in our industry, and to support effective pathways into construction.

Since 2011 we have helped support more than 1,000 unemployed Maori and Pasifika into trades training – and the journey doesn’t stop here. 

Hawkins is now part of four Maori and Pasifika Trades Training initiatives supporting the contracting industry with work-ready and able trainees. We also work closely with Ngati Whatua and mentor 14 apprentices.

Auckland and Waikato

Maori and Pasifika Trades Training 

We are a partner of the Auckland Maori and Pacific Trades Training initiative which this year is supporting 300 students through construction and infrastructure related trades training; and a supporting partner of Auckland Southern Initiative Infrastructure Consortium.

In the Waikato we are part of a partnership with Wintec that supports almost 100 carpentry students, with an objective to increase the variety of trades offered.



He Toki ki te Rika

He Toki ki te Rika is a collaborative, iwi led, Māori trades training partnership focused on building Māori capability and leadership through the trades in Christchurch.

As the industry partner, Hawkins is involved at a governance and operational level. We are part of the He Toki family supporting trainee learning and celebrating in their success.

We have been instrumental in the development of the work readiness programme including the ‘He Toki Passport’ which is a mark of pride for He Toki trainees. We facilitate work experience and employment opportunities industry-wide and within Hawkins. 

Learn more about He Toki ki te Rika

He Toki ki te Mahi

Hawkins is a partner in He Toki ki te Mahi, a collaborative iwi-led partnership supporting Maori apprentices. Building on the success of He Toki ki te Rika, te Mahi provides apprentices with a host employer and on-going Māori-mentored support throughout their training.

Learn more about He Toki ki te Mahi

Ako Whakaruruhau

The Ako Whakaruruhau project is also based in Christchurch. It encourages industry to be more culturally responsive towards Maori apprentices and build lasting learning pathways for students. The objective is to improve the measures of success for Maori in the workplace.

Ako is a partnership between Ako Aotearoa, Te Tapuae o Rehua and Hawkins.

The project team is working to implement these aspects within Hawkins and the He Toki ki te Mahi Group Training Scheme to support the Maori apprenticeship journey during the Christchurch rebuild.  

Learn more about Ako Whakaruruhau