The TupuToa Cadetship Programme in association with Te Puni Kokiri. Ministry of Māori Development empowers rangatahi Māori to achieve their professional goals in the workplace, whilst highlighting the mana of connection to their identity, their whānau, hapū and iwi.

We do this by securing employment opportunities through our business and corporate partners

The cadet will receive a full-time permanent role for at least 6 months along with professional development workshops and support before and during the cadetship.

  • Business Services (incorporating telecommunications)

  • Transport and Logistics

  • Food Processing

  • Knowledge-intensive Manufacturing

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • Primary Industries

  • Tamaki Makaurau - Auckland wide

Areas of Possible 

Cadetship Opportunities

Cadetship Locations

Internship locations:
Eligibility Māraurau
  • Of Māori decent

  • Aged 16-24 years old

  • Available to fully commit and engage for the whole kaupapa

  • Available to work full time for at least 6 months

  • A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Resident

What we look for in a candidate
Wairua Whakahihiko 
Ū ana, kaha ana ki te kaupapa
Ngākau whakaute, ngākau hūmarie
Whakawhiti kōrero

Connection to their whakapapa/ whānau/ hapu and iwi, or desire to connect (through this kaupapa)

A willingness to commit to the whole Cadetship Programme including workshops expectations.

Motivated to exceed expectations.


Determination to reach goals and stick with difficult tasks over a long period of time even when confronted with challenges.

Acts in a way that demonstrates the ability to understand another's point of view. 

Taking responsibility of actions and taking charge and being willing to act before being told.

The ability to communicate (written and verbally) in a confident manner.


A willingness to continue to learn and actively seeks the opportunity to improve skills and broaden experience.

The Application/Selection Process


Apply Online

Applications open.


Phone Kōrero

This is the chance for the team to connect with you over the phone to get to know you, fill in any gaps in your application as well as an opportunity for you to ask questions


Cadet Ready Workshop

This is an hour-long workshop focussed on building confidence and CV & interview preparation to support your application to TupuToa and other organisations


Kanohi ki te kanohi kōrero

Applicants will be invited to complete a face to face kōrero tahi to assess their suitability to the kaupapa


Korero tahi with partner organisations

Candidates will meet and/or interview with partner organisations and, if successful, will be offered an cadetship.

Some organisations may require you to undergo a pre-employment background check and/or drug and alcohol test.



Successful candidates will be offered a place on TupuToa cadet programme. This means that you will be shortlisted into the talent pool. 


We take successful applicants from this talent pool and match them to cadetship opportunities that are provided to TupuToa by our partners. 


Please note that being offered a place on the TupuToa Māori Cadetship Programme does not guarantee a cadetship opportunity.

Expectations Ngā Whāinga

A TupuToa Cadet is expected to:

  • Understand and commit to the kaupapa

  • Understand and comply with their employment agreement

  • Meet face to face with a TupuToa Navigator

  • Participate fully in all TupuToa professional development workshops and events

  • Contribute to the development of the wider TupuToa kaupapa

  • Become a role model for their whānau, hapu, iwi and for Māori as a whole.


604 Great South Road, Greenlane, Auckland NZ
© Copyright 2017 TupuToa. All rights reserved.
Privacy Policy
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • instagram-new-flat
  • Facebook Social Icon