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Whakaahu Whakamua

Growing opportunities for Māori and Aotearoa

Tēnā Tātou, Nau mai Haere mai ki Whakaahu Whakamua, Kia ora Koutou, Welcome to the Growth Project – Whakaahu Whakamua! Our programme provides tautoko (support) for Tauira Māori in their transition into the world of work. Our tautoko includes access to employment pathways, professional development, and Manaakitanga (pastoral care). Our goal is to encourage rangatahi to bring your full-selves into the workplace, and to empower you to create long-term positive impacts for yourself, your whānau and your communities. So Haere mai koutou, and come with us on our Haerenga (journey), to grow the future generations of Aotearoa, New Zealand.

About Us

Mō mātou

The Growth Project – Whakaahu Whakamua is a programme designed specifically to help Māori achieve their full potential in the workplace, and progress into leadership positions. The programme was established in 2019, we began with the goal of helping Tauira to find their place within the corporate spaces of Aotearoa. Since then, our programme has outgrown this scope, and is now supporting Tauira alongside Iwi, government, and organisation partners with plenty more room to grow!

Our partnerships with organisations ensure the long-term sustainability of businesses by enhancing diversity, and creating a culture of inclusion. The obstacles faced by graduates throughout their career and personal journey will constantly change – workplace cultures will always matter! The Growth Project aims for our rangatahi to be supported, have access to opportunities and develop which best fit their career aspirations.

Through the establishment of this programme, we have helped and continue to help our graduates utilise valuable skills and knowledge from their studies, and apply them into the world of work. Collaborations lead to a more prosperous and innovative organisations within Aoteroa.

Our Vision

Tō mātou wawata

For an Aotearoa, where our workforce and leadership is diverse, and provides representation of all its people. Where Te Ao Māori is embedded throughout the practises, and day-to-day of businesses throughout the country through its people. To improve the long-term social outcomes of Māori rangatahi, whānau and our communities. To have removed the barriers between Tauira Māori and opportunities of leadership, mentorship, and prosperity.

What we do

He aha ā mātou mahi

  • Provide you access to employment pathways including graduate roles, internships, full-time and part-time roles.

  • Professional, personal, and cultural development opportunities from Aotearoa’s leading coaches and speakers.

  • Whakawhanaungatanga Onboarding Sessions – a chance to get to know our Kaimahi, and for our Kaimahi to get to understand your aspirations, journey, and passions.

  • Connections and opportunities within organisations leading inclusiveness, diversity, and innovation in Aotearoa.

  • Wholistic access to career readiness practical support.

  • Ongoing mentoring and pastoral care.

Join Now

Hono mai ināianei

To be eligible for The Growth Project; Whakaahu Whakamua, you must:

  • Whakapapa Māori/be of Māori descent

  • Be currently studying/ have recently completed (up to 24 months) a tertiary qualification

  • Have great communication skills - both verbal and written

  • Be eligible to live and work in Aotearoa New Zealand

Let's Speak

Kia kōrero

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Get in Touch

Whakapā mai

The ICE Base, Level 9, 29 Customs Street West, Auckland 1010

09 557 1450

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