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MEDIA ADVISORY: Maori and Pasifika Trades Trainees to be Welcomed at Waiwhetu Marae

On behalf of Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) and Te Runanganui o Taranaki Whanui ki te Upoko o te Ika a Maui Inc (Te Āti Awa) we invite you to attend the Powhiri for the 2014 Māori and Pasifika Trades Training Students who have been awarded scholarships under an initiative which is being jointly delivered with Whitireia.

Special welcome and acknowledgement by Hon. Tariana Turia, Associate Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment and Hon. Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga, Minister of Pacific Island Affairs of the first group of Maori and Pasifika Trades Training Scholarship Recipients under this initiative studying at WelTec.

View the site where Maori students will be building a new Whanau Ora health centre.

Date: Monday 17 March 2014
Venue: Waiwhetu Marae Puketapu Grove Lower Hutt
Time: 9.50am – 11.30am
Opportunity for media to interview Ministers from 11.10 until 11.30

Detailed Programme:

  • 9.50am Powhiri
  • 10.10am Speeches:
     -  Dr Linda Sissons, Chief Executive, WelTec and member of the Wellington Maori and Pasifika Trades Training
        Consortium
     -  Hon. Tariana Turia
     - Hon. Peseta, Sam Lotu-liga
     - Reverend Nove Vailaau, Pasifika Church Leader and member of the Wellington Maori and Pasifika Trades Training
       Consortium

Photo Opportunity
Presentation of “Passport to Work” booklets to students by Hon Tariana Turia and Hon Peseta, Sam Lotu-liga

10.50am Everyone proceeds across the road to the site of the new Whanau Ora building.
11.00am Karakia by Kura Moeahu

Photo Opportunity
11.05am Hon. Tariana Turia given a shovel to turn the first dirt

Opportunity for media to interview Ministers
11.10 – 11.30am Marae dining hall

Media Enquiries
Caryn Ellis on caryn.ellis@weltec.ac.nz or 027 3014674. Due to marae protocol could media wanting to attend please RSVP.

Background
Maori & Pasifika Trades Training Scholarships is a training initiative whereby scholarships in the Wellington region are granted to members of the Maori &amo; Pacific Island Communities to study at WelTec or Whitireia. The Scholarships provide an opportunity for young people to develop skills in trades that are needed now and in the future.

WelTec is a member of the Wellington Consortium delivering this initiative. WelTec has joined forces with Whitireia, Iwi, the Pasifika community, Industry Training Organisations and employers across the Wellington region to support Maori and Pasifika Trades Trainees to succeed.

More than 200 students will be studying at WelTec and Whitireia in 2014 under this initiative.