Our Programmes

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Expected Opportunities

Stats as of 22/03/2022

Internship Programme

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 just an internship.

Internship Eligibility

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

  • Of Māori or Pacific descent
  • Penultimate or final year of study
  • Studying a bachelor’s degree or higher at a tertiary institution
  • Available to work full time over the Summer break
  • Interested in pursuing a career in the corporate, community or government sectors; and
  • A New Zealand Citizen or New Zealand Resident

Cadetship Programme

What is the Māori Cadetship Programme?

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.

Cadetship Eligibility

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

Are you interested in our programmes?

The Process

The TupuToa 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: Expression of interest

Express your interest to join our Movement.


*If you have applied for a Summer Clerkship this is considered equal to an expression of interest, there is no need to complete both forms.

Step 2: Phone Kōrero/Talanoa

An opportunity for one of our Navigators to connect with you.

*Eligibility criteria applies

Step 3: Kōkiri Workshops

These workshops focus on building confidence, developing your CV and cover letter, interview preparation to support your application to TupuToa and other organisations. 

*Eligibility criteria applies

Step 4: Video Interview

This is your time to showcase yourself on camera, it will support your application so that the team are able to match you to a suitable opportunity.

Step 5: Matching

Behind the scenes the TupuToa Navigators are working hard to match applications to roles within our partner network.

It is important to note: that opportunities are made available through our partners.

Step 6: Interviews with Partner Organisation

Once you are matched, it’s time to meet the partner for an interview. TupuToa will provide interview tips and tricks along the way.

Step 7: Offers

Successful candidates will join the TupuToa movement.


As a member of our TupuToa movement, you will be invited to our Onboarding Day events. 

TupuToa is more than a career opportunity

Our tauira have access to:

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

What we look for in a candidate


Connection to their whakapapa/culture/heritage now, or desire to connect


Sees things through. Willing to commit and participate actively in the Programme.

Wairua Whakahihiko

Sets aspirational goals and consistently works towards them;

Motivated to exceed expectations.

Ū ana, kaha ana ki te kaupapa

Determined to reach goals/stick with a difficult task over a long period of time even when confronted by obstacles and challenges.

Ngākau whakaute, ngākau hūmarie

Acts in a way that demonstrates the ability to understand another’s point of view. Is respectful in dealings with others and acts with humility (without arrogance).


The ability to identify things that need to be done independently and initiate them.

Being willing to act or take charge without being told to; taking responsibility.

Whakawhiti kōrero

The ability to communicate (written and verbally) in an articulate and confident manner with others.


An orientation towards continued learning. Hunger for and appreciation of opportunities to increase skill, experience and ability.

Ngā Whāinga

A successful TupuToa applicant, is expected to –

  • Understand and comply with their employment agreement
  • Meet face to face with a TupuToa Navigator
  • Participate consistently in all TupuToa workshops and events
  • Contribute to the development of the wider TupuToa community; and
  • Become a role model for younger Māori and Pacific students.

Disciplines of possible oppportunities:




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



Past Intern’ Experience

“TupuToa helped me in identifying my strengths and stringing them cohesively for an application process. The team lifted my confidence and are committed to helping you reach your personal goals by successfully placing you with a partner organisation, that is best for you.”

– Lourdaiz Ah Chong, Wealth Management, Forsyth Barr Ltd

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