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Tupu Aotearoa

Tupu Aotearoa

Tupu Aotearoa supports Pacific people to gain tools and skills that enable them to thrive.

Our communities flourish when Pacific people have access to work or learning opportunities. We want to ensure Pacific people have the right tools, education, training and employment opportunities to succeed

Tupu Aotearoa connects Pacific people with local providers who will support you to access work or learning opportunities on your journey to employment, further training or study.

Tupu Aotearoa contributes to the Ministry for Pacific People's Lalanga Fou Goal: Confident, thriving and resilient Pacific young people.

Hear more about Tupu Aotearoa and how it can support you in this 3-minute video:

Tupu Aotearoa is for Pacific people in Aotearoa who are:

  • aged 15 or over

  • New Zealand citizens based in the areas listed below

  • currently not in employment, education or training.

Our Tupu Aotearoa providers can help you with:

  • identifying appropriate upskilling and training courses

  • career advice and guidance

  • job search

  • support writing your CV and cover letter

  • preparing for interviews

  • obtaining a driver's licence

  • pastoral care and support post-placement.

Don't hesitate to contact one of our local providers below who will be able to confirm your eligibility and support you on your journey. 

Tupu Aotearoa in Regional New Zealand is currently funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.

Te Tai Tokerau Northland


Te Moana a Toi-te-Huatahi Bay of Plenty

Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa Gisborne


Te Matau-a-Māui Hawkes Bay

Te Tauihu-o-te-waka Nelson-Marlborough

Waitaha Canterbury


Murihiku Southland

What is Kātoatoa?
Kātoatoa is a fully integrated IT system made up of Financial Management, Grants Management, and Customer Relationship Management capabilities. Kātoatoa will replace our existing Financial Management System, and the various systems and processes including the Tupu Database used to manage grants and contracts interactions with Pacific communities and stakeholders across Aotearoa.

Why is the system called Kātoatoa?
The project team consulted with Tuiloma Lina Samu, Principal Advisor, Cultural Practice Lead, who recommended the name Kātoatoa. It was subsequently endorsed by Tautua.

Kātoatoa is Te Reo Māori Kūki ‘Āirani, Gagana Tokelau and Vagahau Niue and in this context means collectiveness, unity, togetherness and working as one. This reflects the bringing together of the three Financial, Grants and Customer Relationship Management systems into one fully integrated system, with all the components working together to improve efficiencies and outcomes.

Why do we need Kātoatoa?
Kātoatoa will address current challenges around efficiencies of processes that have a direct impact on costs and delays in approving grants and getting funding to the communities that need it.

Kātoatoa  will help us ensure that funds get to the right places more efficiently and quickly. It also means that more funding can go towards supporting our Pacific communities instead of processing and administration of grants.

What are the benefits of Kātoatoa?
There are many important benefits that Kātoatoa will bring, including:

  • better efficiency of processes means it will be easier for our Pacific communities and stakeholders to apply for funding and support from our Ministry
  • better access to, and transparency of, information
  • information is more secure in the portal than the current database system
  • MPP and service provider database information is kept in a shared central location.

If you have any questions about Tupu Aotearoa, email [email protected] or call (04) 473 4493.