Auraki Group Data Apprenticeship Programme Celebrates Graduation of its First-ever Kaupapa Māori Data Apprentices The Auraki Group Data Apprenticeship Programme proudly announces the graduation of its first cohort of apprentices, marking a significant milestone as the first-ever kaupapa Māori data apprenticeship programme. This occasion emphasises the commitment to fostering Māori expertise in the field of data science and analytics. The programme is a pioneering effort in integrating traditional Māori knowledge with contemporary data practices. It aims to equip Māori learners with the skills necessary to excel in the rapidly evolving world of data while maintaining a strong connection to their cultural roots.
“Our graduates are not only skilled in data analysis techniques but also bring a unique Māori perspective to data,” said Nicky Haeata-Ruwhiu, Programme Kaiwhakahaere. “This integration of tirohanga Māori with data expertise is vital in promoting evidence-based and data-driven decision-making that can advance outcomes for our communities.” The apprenticeship focused on practical, hands-on learning experiences, allowing apprentices to work on real-world projects. These projects not only honed their technical skills but also emphasized the importance of data in supporting community-focused initiatives and policies. “The Auraki Data Apprenticeship is more than just a training programme; it’s a movement towards a future where data is recognised as a taonga and should be treated as such to advance outcomes for our people” added Melanie Miller “As we step into the world of data analytics, we carry with us the wisdom of our tīpuna and a commitment to use data for the betterment of our communities.” The graduation ceremony, held at Rangitāne o Manawatū, was a celebration of this fusion of tradition and innovation. It was attended by apprentices and their whānau, industry leaders, community
representatives, and supporters who have been instrumental in the success of the programme. In addressing graduates at the graduation, Tuia te Oranga Executive Director at Rangitāne o Manawatū, Wayne Blissett encouraged graduates to “use the knowledge, the power and the Māori magic you have gained from this kaupapa so that together we can continue to advance Māori magic motuhake across the motu”. As these graduates continue with their mahi, the Auraki Data Apprenticeship Programme stands as a beacon of excellence and a testament to the power of integrating kaupapa Māori principles in modern education and professional practices. For more information about the Auraki Data Apprenticeship Programme please contact Arohaina Owen.