Employment and Entrepreneurship

A growing Pacific population is helping to shape New Zealand’s future with the Ministry identifying Employment and Entrepreneurship as one of its key priorities for Pacific communities. Creating Pacific employment opportunities and supporting Pacific businesses to grow the Pacific economy continues to be a focus for the Ministry.

The Ministry is developing a number of initiatives to achieve this.

The Ministry leads Tupu Aotearoa (previously known as the Pacific Employment Support Service) to support Pacific young people who are not in education, employment or training to find sustainable employment or complete further training or study. The Ministry partners with providers to help prepare our young people for work ensuring they have access to the right tools, employment and learning opportunities to develop the skills they need working closely with their family and the community.

Tupu Aotearoa with the support of the Government’s Provincial Growth Fund has expanded to greater Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Manawatū-Whanganui. Soon it will be provided in Hawkes Bay, Otago and Southland regions.

The Ministry has received funding from the Wellbeing Budget 2019 to rollout Tupu Aotearoa to wider Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch from 2020.

In addition to Tupu Aotearoa the Ministry funds a dedicated Roaming Teacher - Pasifika for the Young Enterprise Scheme (YES), which is part of the Young Enterprise Trust. YES encourages young people to discover their potential in business and in life.

These initiatives and opportunities allow Pacific communities to make a significant contribution to New Zealand’s economy.