Young Pacific people in the wider Auckland metropolitan area will now have access to support services which can help them find new earning and learning opportunities through the Tupu Aotearoa programme.
Minister Sio says the Government’s 2019 Wellbeing Budget allocation of $14.5 million meant the Ministry for Pacific Peoples can now extend the Tupu Aotearoa programme to cover Wellington, Christchurch and wider Auckland.
“Tupu Aotearoa is helping Pacific young people turn their potential into prosperity and build confidence for their future," he says.
"This is bringing benefits not only to the people we have helped, but to all of us, as when people have access to work and learning opportunities our communities flourish.
"We have successfully rolled out Tupu Aotearoa to regional New Zealand in partnership with the Provincial Growth Fund and we are seeing considerable pick up from our communities in laying the foundations for us to meet our vision of thriving, prosperous Pacific communities."
Tupu Aotearoa is designed to increase the number of Pacific young people in employment, education or training.
Previously, the Ministry had launched in 2010 the Pacific Employment Support Service in South Auckland where more than 2,200 Pacific young people have accessed the service, with nearly half being been placed into work.
“Many of our young Pacific people reside in metropolitan areas and Tupu Aotearoa, working alongside Service Providers will upskill, train, and help Auckland’s young Pacific population aged 15-29 years to find employment and fulfil their potential," Minister Sio says.
Five Service Providers have been approved to provide Tupu Aotearoa in the Auckland region. Each new provider has signed a collaboration agreement with the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
Three of the Service Providers – In-Work, SENZ Charitable Trust and Solomon Group have been with us from the beginning operating in South Auckland, and they will now operate in metropolitan Auckland. Quality Education Services Limited and Workwise Employment Limited are new Service Providers.
The procurement process for the Wellington and Christchurch metropolitan areas is underway and Service Providers will be named soon.
“This is an exciting milestone for Tupu Aotearoa, as we continue to extend our reach to young Pacific people around New Zealand, in collaboration with Service Providers, who already do so much in their communities.
“We do not change lives on our own, we do it together. We do it as a team, of government and local providers. It is this partnership that makes Tupu Aotearoa so special."
Tupu Aotearoa Auckland Metro Service Providers: