Tihei Kahungunu – Intern to Explore Opportunities for Iwi Partnership

Engagement with Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated (NKII) and the Ministry of Business Innovation & Employment (MBIE) commenced early in 2019, with a meeting between MBIE’s Chief Executive, Senior Leadership Team and Ngāti Kahungunu leaders, to explore & initiate opportunities for partnership.

The engagement between the two organisations is intended to deepen insights on iwi kaupapa and frameworks for developing and distributing economic wealth and prosperity and help shape MBIE’s role in this emerging economy.

The Victoria University has a Taihonoa Summer Internship that intends to assist Māori students in gaining practical skills and attributes that employers want and need. Te Herenga Waka Victoria University of Wellington aims to facilitate opportunities that can help students confirm or discover their interests, develop the relevant skills and make important industry connections.

Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated is one of Victoria University’s Taihonoa partners.

Te Kupenga, the Māori Economic Development Unit at MBIE, has partnered with Victoria University and Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated to offer an Internship for the 2019/20 Summer, to a student studying at Victoria University who is of Kahungunu descent.

We are pleased to announce that Hirini Edwards of Kahungunu ki Heretaunga has been selected as the Ngāti Kahungunu/ Te Kupenga 2019/20 Intern. Hirini hails from Bridge Pa, his hapū are Ngāti Poporo and Ngāi Te Whatu-i-āpiti and his marae are Korongata and Mangaroa Marae. Hirini is in his second year studying a Bachelor of Commerce, majoring in Management with a minor in Māori Studies.

During his internship, Hirini will be exposed to and will learn government systems, processes & deliverables within MBIE. He will develop an overview of the services & opportunities that can support the iwi’s aspirations. The knowledge gained will support Hirini’s future career ambitions and build on the partnership between MBIE & Ngāti Kahungunu Iwi Incorporated.

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