Internship Programme

Ngā kōrero mo te hōtaka







Expected Opportunities

Stats as of 18/04/2021

What is the TupuToa Internship Programme?
He aha a TupuToa

The TupuToa Internship Programme is an employment pathway that provides professional opportunities for Māori and Pacific tertiary students in corporate, government and community organisations.

We do this by securing 12-week paid-internships for tertiary students with our partner organisations – with the desire that the internship will convert into fulltime employment once our interns have graduated.

Why we do this mahi
Te kaupapa o ā mātou mahi

Māori and Pacific peoples comprise roughly 27% of the national population (higher in Auckland) and yet are largely invisible in corporate New Zealand, and especially so in leadership positions.

Many of our interns are the first in their families to undertake tertiary study and with the guidance and pastoral care of TupuToa Navigators, they are better equipped to succeed in a corporate environment.

Māori and Pacific peoples also represent a younger population, meaning our people will make up a significant proportion of the future workforce.

TupuToa is more than an internship.

TupuToa is more than an Internship

Our interns have access to:

  • A TupuToa navigator who provides personalised suport during theinternship
  • CV, cover letter, interview workshops
  • Networking opportunities with professionals and role models from industry
  • A dedicated manager at the organisation where you intern
  • Training and development which inspire confidence to bring your whole self to work
  • Long-lasting friendships and a peer support network with fellow TupuToa interns
  • Exposure to graduate employment opportunities
  • TupuToa alumni network membership on completion of the internship

Disciplines of possible internships:




Arts, Humanities & Languages

Banking and Finance

Business and Commerce


Computer Science


Design and User Experience



Food Technology


Human Resources

Information Technology


Logistics and Supply Chain


Marketing and Sales

Planning and Surveying




  • Auckland

  • Hamilton

  • Wellington

  • Christchurch

  • Dunedin

  • International

Meet the Navigation Team

Maruata Reweti

Programmes Manager

Maruata leads TupuToa’s Navigators Team, ensuring that the internship programme is delivered with excellence and that our rangatahi are supported to succeed. Throughout her life and career Maruata has been focused on building capability within Māori and Pacific communities. She brings several years’ experience as a teacher aide in Kohanga and primary schools, and five years with the Counties Manukau District Health Board engaging Māori and Pacific tauira in secondary and tertiary education.
Maruata grew up in Auckland and Samoa and speaks Te Reo Māori, English and basic Samoan. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Māori Development.

Yole Lelaulu

Associate Programme Manager

Yole describes her team of navigators as the frontline workers of TupuToa’s kaupapa. They engage, empower, equip and support rangatahi to reach their potential, consequently creating more opportunities for generations to come.

Prior to joining TupuToa, Yole worked with a cybersecurity firm and through her university studies held roles in hospitality. She has also worked with the team at LeVa as a Youth Advisor and was part of their EAG for Atu-Mai, New Zealand’s first national violence prevention programme for young Pacific people. She is also the Deputy Convenor for the Pacific Women’s Watch.

Yole has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and Marketing from the University of Otago and is fluent in English and Samoan, with rudimentary Te reo Māori skills.

Talalelei Reweti

Lead Navigator - Cadetship

Tala’s role as a Navigator is all about supporting our interns and partners chart new waters together. He helps to guide and uplift our rangatahi and partner organisations through their individual journeys.

Prior to joining TupuToa, Tala had roles in logistics, as a health and PE teacher, and even dabbled in factory work. He holds a degree in sports and recreation from AUT University and worked as Operations Manager for the Get into Life Youth Development Trust for four years, prior to moving to Melbourne for his overseas experience.

Tala is fluent in Te reo Māori and has rudimentary Samoan skills.

Florida Foliaki

Lead Navigator - Marketing & Communications

Florida believes in the power of education to transform lives and sees her role as Navigator to support our interns and managers to ensure they are equipped with the knowledge and skills necessary for their TupuToa journey.

Prior to joining TupuToa, she taught English to high school students in Tonga. And while she may have left formal teaching, she continues to support her former students in Tonga, whilst also tutoring Tongan students in Mt Wellington once a week on a voluntary basis.

Florida holds a Bachelor of Property and a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Marketing and Management from the University of Auckland. She is fluent in English and Tongan.

Sofara Aiono


Ihipera Happy


Telayna Tapene-Maoate


Shivani Rajan


Kawa Stirling


Lagi Farani


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