Hikohiko te Uira

A digital spark for your future

Our Vision
Tē Tūruapō

To provide digital skills training to thousands of people from Māori & Pacific communities across Aotearoa, to help them achieve rewarding careers with technology

Together, bridging the digital divide

Why we do this mahi
Te kaupapa o ā mātou mahi

We know that our tech workforce comprises only 4 percent Māori and 2.8 percent Pacific peoples*. Technology is all encompassing in all aspects of our lives today, and it is important that our workforce represents our society.  

We have designed this initiative specifically for Māori and Pacific peoples to address this gap, develop digital skills and ensure the best career outcomes. We won’t just be providing digital skills training – we’ll also support you with new and exciting career opportunities with tech.  

This is a unique partnership between TupuToa, Microsoft, including training partners Auldhouse and Zeducation, as part of Microsoft’s global skills initiative.  

*NZ Tech Report 2021

Available training tracks:

Digital Skills Essentials

(2 days)

This course will prepare you for the everyday needs of a modern office. You will learn how to communicate, collaborate and share online using Microsoft 365 tools such as Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Teams and OneDrive. You will craft your story with a new profile on LinkedIn. We will also help you enhance and develop techniques to clearly communicate.

Delivered by New Zealand’s leading IT training company, Auldhouse and Zeducation.

Value of the Programme: $1,800+GST

FREE for successful applicants. 

• 27th and 28th April
• 25th and 26th May
• 22nd and 23rd June
• 27th and 28th July
• 24th and 25th August
• 28th and 29th September
• 26th and 27th October
• 23rd and 24th November
• 7th and 8th December

Cloud Fundamentals

(5 days)

A more advanced workshop for those interested in starting their IT career. This will assist new-to-industry students to get off on the right foot with their Azure and Microsoft 365 journey. This workshop will give you the foundation to progress through other Microsoft cloud offerings. 

This workshop includes the opportunity to gain two globally-recognised Microsoft certifications. 

Delivered by New Zealand’s leading IT training company, Auldhouse.

Value of the Programme: $3,545+GST

FREE for successful applicants. 

Training Dates

TBC – August

Data Analyst

(7 days)

A more advanced workshop. Microsoft Excel is the industry leading spreadsheet program, a powerful data visualisation and analysis tool. We will cover the essentials through to advanced analytics using Power BI which provides interactive visuals with an interface simple enough for end users to create their own reports and dashboards. 

This workshop includes the opportunity to gain a globally-recognised Microsoft certification. 

Delivered by New Zealand’s leading IT training company, Auldhouse.

Value of the Programme: $4,430+GST

FREE for successful applicants. 

Training Dates

TBC – September

This is more than a one-off training.

You will have access to: 

  • Pastoral care before, during and after the training
  • Access to TupuToa work-ready series; CV, cover letter and interview preparation skills
  • Access to the TupuToa partner network
  • Support entering new and exciting career opportunities through exclusive TupuToa platform 
  • Be part of the TupuToa movement
  • Globally recognised accreditations

Meet our Microsoft Alumni





Anita Mani
HR Programme Manager

Tatakamotonga, Tonga Tavua, Fiji

Dylan Apera
Customer Engineer

Rarotonga, Mangaia, Aitutaki

Venus Taare
Surface Specialist

Ngati Porou, Rongowhakaata, Te Atihaunui-a-Paparangi

Isaac Morunga
Partner Marketing Advisor

Ngā Puhi


  • Be of Māori and/or Pacific descent 
  • Understand and commit to the Kaupapa 
  • Participate fully in the upskilling and training 
  • New Zealand based  
  • Looking for work or new career opportunities
  • Be a role model for your whānau/aiga