Tupu Aotearoa

Tupu Aotearoa LogoHelping Pacific young people find employment, complete further training or study

Our communities flourish when people have work or access to learning opportunities. Tupu Aotearoa supports Pacific young people to lead fulfilling and prosperous lives.

We want to ensure that Pacific young people have the right tools, education, training and employment opportunities to really succeed and thrive!

Previously known as the Pacific Employment Support Service (PESS), Tupu Aotearoa is about connecting Pacific young people with local providers who will help with things such as:

  • Upskilling and training
  • Getting a driver's license
  • Support writing a CV and cover letter
  • Interview preparation
  • Career advice
  • Finding a job!


  • A Pacific person aged 15 - 39 years in Regional New Zealand: Waikato, Manawatu-Whanganui, Bay of Plenty, Hawkes Bay, Otago and Southland
  • A Pacific person aged 15 - 29 in Metropolitan New Zealand: Auckland, Wellington and Christchuch
  • Currently not in employment, education or training
  • You could also be someone who may not have achieved NCEA level 2, may be known to Youth Justice, referred by Police or Oranga Tamariki.

Current providers

Please get in touch with one of our current providers who will support you on your journey to getting a job!

Regional New Zealand
Eligibility age 15 - 39 years


Metropolitan New Zealand
Eligibility age 15 - 29 years






 Bay of Plenty


 Hawkes Bay







Tupu Aotearoa offered in the regions is funded by the Ministry for Pacific Peoples and the Provincial Growth Fund initiative, these opportunities will help Pacific young people lay foundations towards a better future.

To find out more about Tupu Aotearoa please get in touch with the Ministry for Pacific peoples:
[email protected]
(04) 473 4493