WHO WE ARE

THE NEED

TupuToa’s research shows that only 17% of New Zealand’s top 60 firms have an executive who identifies as other than European/Pākehā.

Although Māori and Pasifika comprise around 22% of the general population (a figure which is projected to rise to 30% by 2033), they are conspicuous by their absence from the leadership of corporate New Zealand.  

 

No NZX listed company has a Māori or Pasifika CEO. This lopsided demographic creates a knowledge gap, deprives businesses of the well-established benefits of diversity, and inhibits business growth.  Our future economic and social prosperity requires the development of a new generation of Māori and Pasifika business leaders who are able to recognize and seize opportunities in increasingly diverse markets, both nationally and internationally.

THE BARRIERS

There are some formidable obstacles to change
Tertiary performance

The number of Māori and Pasifika students completing tertiary studies compares unfavourably with other student groups. Prospective employers struggle to find Māori and Pasifika students whose grades enable them to compete for graduate placements.

Entering the corporate world

Māori & Pasifika students are hampered by a lack of connection and understanding of the corporate sector, while prospective employers may struggle with limited cultural understanding and unconscious bias

Succeeding in the corporate world

Needing to find an inclusive culture that values diversity and allows them to work with cultural integrity, young Māori and Pasifika all too often encounter the opposite.  Employers wonder why their efforts to attract and retain Māori and Pasifika staff are chronically unsuccessful.

THE BENEFITS

Tupu Toa is an innovative investment partnership between partner organisations, interns, tertiary institutions, whānau and Māori and Pasifika communities. It is facilitating a future corporate landscape that will embrace:
Tupu Toa is an innovative investment partnership between partner organisations, interns, tertiary institutions, whānau and Māori and Pasifika communities. It is facilitating a future corporate landscape that will embrace:
Māori Communities

Grow talent from within to build business and community growth and increase the prosperity of the Māori community overall

Pasifika Communities

Achieve greater equality of outcomes for Pacific people and build social and economic prosperity

Interns

Achieve full career and community leadership potential consistent with their identity and values

Corporates

Increased access to diversity of talent and experience, deeper insights into an evolving marketplace and closer connection to Māori and Pasifika communities

CONTACT US

604 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland NZ
info@tuputoa.org.nz 
www.tuputoa.org.nz
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