Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Last updated 30 October 2018
Last updated 30 October 2018

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) funding provides fees-free tertiary places for Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 16 and 40 to achieve in pre-trades training and progress to sustainable trades or trades-related employment (including New Zealand Apprenticeships), other successful industry training programmes at Level 3 and above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework (NZQF), and managed apprenticeships. 

The purpose of MPTT funding is to increase access for Māori and Pasifika learners to vocational and pre-employment training. This enables these learners to develop skills for sustainable employment and achieve better employment outcomes.

MPTT funding is paid to organisations that are part of an approved consortium.

Partnership model

MPTT uses a partnership model, comprising iwi, hapū, Māori and Pasifika community groups, employers, and tertiary education organisations (TEOs), including industry training organisations (ITOs).  

The partnership model:

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

Consortium partners work together to align training 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.


Māori and Pasifika learners aged between 16 to 40 years old can access the fees-free programmes of study and training in trades.

The training leads to qualifications at levels 1 to 4 on the NZQF, which meet pre-employment trade training requirements of industry.

The Government contribution towards the costs of teaching and learning services is funded through the Student Achievement Component (SAC). A TEO delivering trades training to MPTT learners must meet teaching and learning costs through:

  • its own SAC allocation (approved by us through the Investment Plan process), or
  • an agreement with a TEO that has a SAC allocation approved by us.

Pastoral care and brokerage services are provided by each consortium of partner organisations to support learners to progress to the MPTT successful outcomes. These are:

  • a New Zealand Apprenticeship (NZA)
  • an apprentice-equivalent arrangement (i.e. a managed apprenticeship)
  • industry training at level 3 or above
  • further provider-based training at level 4 or above, and/or
  • sustainable employment.

Learner numbers

MPTT began in 2014. Since then learner numbers have increased from 1,189 to over 2,400 new learners in 2017.


See also the resources on our Consortia page.