Wāhnau Mahi (Work Ready) Programme

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Information on the Whanau Mahi - 'work readiness' Program

Kia ora e te whanau! Nau mai, haere mai ki Whānau Mahi – Te Aitarakihi’s Work Readiness Programme for all whānau!

Whānau Mahi is a FREE kaupapa Māori, whenua-based employment and training programme:

Monday to Friday - 9.00am to 3.00pm
12-week duration, for whānau of all cultures and nationalities, who are:
  • A registered job seeker with full time work obligations
  • OR a registered job seeker with a medical certificate
  • OR not in employment, education, or training (NEET) with an exemption

Transport to and from the programme as well as lunch, is provided every day!

Tauira (students) should expect to be involved in various stages of our projects during their time on the programme.

It could involve planting, maintenance, preparation and more.

Successfully completing Whānau Mahi leads to:
  • Increased Confidence
  • Life Skills
  • CV Writing
  • Community Connections
  • Increased Cultural Competency
  • Driving Experience / Upgraded Driver Licence
  • Personal Healthy Choices
  • Interview Experience
  • Work Experience
  • Micro Qualifications
  • Personal & Work References
  • A JOB
  • A place to belong and be connected

Whānau Mahi is about working as a team and celebrating each other’s successes.

Te Aitarakihi continue to support employed whānau for as long as required after the programme finishes.

Application Form online
If this interests you, either speak to your MSD case manager OR
fill out our online application form;
click here

Any questions, please contact Kylie on 027 232 2622 or

Photos and descriptions of day-to-day activities

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Te Aitarakihi Whanau Mahi Blog

Friday 24th March 2023

Our new tauira transport. So cool.

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