Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Last updated 16 January 2017
Last updated 01/16/2017

We are in the process of updating these fund pages for 2017.


MPTT funding provides fees-free tertiary places for Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 18 and 34 to acquire the skills needed to enter into a New Zealand Apprenticeship or equivalent. This funding is paid to tertiary education organisations that are part of an approved consortium. It has three components: a fees top-up, a brokerage payment and the tools grant payment. 

Who applies: Employers, ITOs, ITPs, PTEs, REAPS, universities, wānanga

Agreed through: Funding letter (off Plan)

The MPTT initiative is a new approach centred on partnerships (or consortia) comprised of iwi, hapu and Māori and Pasifika community groups, employers, and tertiary education organisations (TEOs), including industry training organisations (ITOs).

This partnership model:

  • recognises the vital role that communities play in supporting young Māori and Pasifika learners in their journey to achieve their education and economic aspirations
  • ensures employers are involved from the beginning, from selecting learners through to selecting suitable training programmes to match learner's needs
  • supports learners to transition into skilled, sustainable employment that meets both learner, community and industry need.

Partners in each consortium can work together to align training more closely to the needs of employers and Māori and Pasifika communities. This ensures that employment is sustainable and makes a greater contribution to local and national economic development goals.


The key objective of the MPTT initiative is to increase access for Māori and Pasifika learners to vocational training and pre-employment training. This enables learners to develop the skills for sustainable employment and achieve better employment outcomes.

Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 16 to 40 years old can access fees-free programmes of study and training in trades. The training leads to qualifications at level 1 to 4 on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF) that meets the pre-employment trade training requirements of industry.

Learners may chose to progress to:

  • New Zealand Apprenticeships (NZAs)
  • apprentice equivalent arrangements (such as managed apprenticeships)
  • sustainable employment.

These are considered successful outcomes of the MPTT initiative.


The funding mechanism for Māori and Pasifika Trades Training is issued by the Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment. The funding mechanism outlines the general form and essential components of the fund. It provides a mandate for us to allocate the funding, and details how we administer the fund. Allocating this fund helps support the achievement of government policy and the Tertiary Education Strategy.

MPTT funding enables Student Achievement Component (SAC) funded vocational training and brokerage services to be provided fees-free by organisations that are part of consortia delivering MPTT. It consists of:

  • consortia funding for consortia activities
  • fees top-ups – to top up the provider fees to make SAC training fees-free
  • brokerage – for brokerage services to facilitate links with employers and education providers
  • tools grant – a grant of $1,000 to eligible learners to subsidise the cost of tools relevant to their training and employment.

We can directly fund organisations undertaking consortium activities, such as project co-ordination, which were previously commissioned through the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. 

Further information about ‘fund-specific conditions’ is available in the funding confirmation letter for consortia: Appendix 3 (PDF, 414 Kb) 

An organisation that receives MPTT funding is required to:

  • comply with the requirements of the Education Act 1989
  • comply with the funding conditions specified in the organisation's funding confirmation.

Expansion of the initiative

The Government's Budget 2016 allocated a further $9.46 million over four years as a step towards meeting its commitment to increase the number of MPTT learners to 5,000 per year by 2019.