Last updated 1 June 2022
Last updated 1 June 2022

What is Tahatū?

Tahatū is the new online career planning solution that the TEC is developing. It is the ‘next generation’ of the careers.govt.nz website, refreshing its content, tools, and functions.

Tahatū is a core initiative in TEC’s wider careers system strategy. It will help people in Aotearoa New Zealand confidently make career plans that work for them. Tahatū is designed for all New Zealanders, aged 7 to 70+, with the following key audiences in mind:

  • Primary audience: 10-19 year olds
  • Secondary audience: adults not in employment, education, or training (NEETs); career advisors; parents and whanau; and organisations helping people into work.
  • Priority audience: Māori, Pacific people, females, and disabled people. There is a focus on these audiences as they have tended to have higher rates of unemployment, underutilisation, and lower wages than the general population.

What does Tahatū mean?

The online career planning solution had the working title of ‘Tiro Whetū’. A culturally affirming process and team was used to generate, test, and validate the options for the final product name – ‘Tahatū’ – and to develop the brand narrative.

‘Tahatū’ means ‘horizon’ and is often referenced as heading towards the horizon, especially in relation to the sea. This name connects with our brand narrative about a lifelong learning journey and heading towards the future.

This narrative is also reflected in the Tahatū logo. It depicts Ngā hau e whā, or the four winds. The changing winds were one of the tohu (signs) our ancestors read to guide them, and Tahatū will help users read the signs around them as they navigate their career journey.

Why are we developing Tahatū?

Currently there is no free, consistent, culturally affirming, high-quality career planning solution for learners, workers, and their whanau and supporters. Tahatū addresses this gap in the system.

Tahatū will have new features combining tools for career planning and quality data. Unlike other career planning tools, it is universal and not limited to a specific learning pathway, industry, or sector. New Zealanders of all ages will have access to information on education, training, and career planning throughout their life, whenever they may need it.

Development of Tahatū is underway, with a public, national launch targeted for 2023. Once live, Tahatū will initially run in parallel with the existing careers.govt.nz site, which is expected to be decommissioned around 2023/24.

For more information

If you have any questions, would like more information, or have feedback you’d like to provide about Tahatū, please contact customerservice@tec.govt.nz.