Laura Clifford of Hawkins (a long-term signatory to the Charter) who support He Toki apprentices, reached out to He Toki about being part of the Safety Charter. As a result Kym Hamilton (Programme Leader) contacted the Safety Charter and signed up He Toki Te Tapuae o Rēhua early this year.

We are very much looking forward to working with He Toki and we’re excited to welcome them to the Safety Charter.

With a proud local history of Māori achievement in trades, He Toki is the next evolution of Māori Trade Training re-established after the quakes to ensure our people can play a distinguished role in the Canterbury rebuild.

The scheme aims to grow the next generation of Māori leadership in trades by building Māori capability in the building and infrastructure industries in Canterbury.

He Toki is a collaboration between Ara, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, The Office of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, BCITO and Hawkins.

These partners provide assistance for local Māori with limited trades experience to engage in a training programme or an on-the-job apprenticeship with an employer in addition to supporting experienced trades people to gain recognition of prior learning for their relevant industry experience.

He ao Te Rangi ka uhia, ma te huruhuru te manu ka rere ai. He Toki – Blazing a native trail!