Become a Cadet



To be eligible for the Cadetship
Programme, you must be:

  • Of Māori descent
  • 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


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.

Wairua Whakahihiko

Motivated to exceed expectations.

Ū ana, kaha ana ki te kaupapa

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

Ngākau whakaute, ngākau hūmarie

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.

Whakawhiti kōrero

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 Process

This selection process has been carefully designed to provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate your suitability for the programme and prepare you for success in this and any other selection process.

Step 1: Apply

Applications are open throughout the year. Simply head to our register page to apply online.

Step 2: 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.

Step 3: 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.

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 Cadetship 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.