Maori Labour Market Information
Past and Present Engagements with Māori
Partnering to create labour market knowledge – a new approach
The Department of Labour has developed partnerships with Iwi to develop and analyse local and national labour market information. These partnerships were designed to build up the capacity of both Iwi and the Department of Labour via joint knowledge creation. They have also facilitated an improved strategic conversation between the department and Māori at a regional level. The most immediate result has however, been the development of a set of interactive labour market “tools”. These enable Māori to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their workforce and better align them with their growing asset investments. The tools enable Iwi and other local community organisations to develop a better understanding about relevant labour market conditions at a local and national level, and to build their capacity for research in areas like the provision of courses and skill development programmes. The tools are interactive and empowering, and can be updated as new information becomes available. Improved analysis of the labour market will enable better alignment of the Māori workforce with their growing asset investments.
The two Iwi involved in partnerships so far are;
Ngāti Awa in the Eastern Bay of Plenty
Ngāti Awa wanted to identify information and develop analytical capacity to improve the skills and capabilities of its people, and improve the performance and value of its investments and assets. The department provided this via a report and a series of interactive tools in 2006.
Ngai Tahu in the South Island
The purpose of this engagement was to build on earlier work with Ngāti Awa to develop a profile of each Iwi based on official labour market information. The project also represented a means of further developing Iwi capability to analyse the labour market and to deepen the department’s own understanding of Māori workforce development issues.
The tool developed by the Department via these partnerships is listed below: