Industry engagement

Work with us on the skills your industry needs. Together we can shape how the vocational education system delivers, working with education and training providers – Te Pūkenga, Private Training Establishments (PTEs) and Te Wānanga.

Waihanga Ara Rau Relationship Managers

Relationship Manager

Industries they represent

Regional Skills Leadership Groups they cover

Contact Details

Ashley Chisholm Access Trades - Cranes, Scaffolding, Rigging, Lifting Equipment, Industrial Rope Access

Hawkes Bay, Tairāwhiti
Fiona Street Plumbing, Drain Laying and Gas Fitting, Finishing Trades, Demolition, Health and Safety
Hannah Neman Construction and Infrastructure Services

Taranaki, Manawatu-Whanganui
Loretta Garrow Telecommunications, Masonry: Brick and Block and Stonemasonry

Nelson-Tasman, Marlborough, Wellington
Sue Hawkins Civil Infrastructure

Bay of Plenty, Waikato
Lauren Swann Māori

Northland, Auckland, Waikato, BOP, Hawkes Bay, Tairawhiti (Iwi/Hapū/Māori lens)
Louise Rutter Construction

Northland, Auckland
Natasha Riches Electrical, Electronic Engineering & Electrotechnology, Energy & Telecommunications, Three Waters

Southland, Otago, Christchurch, West Coast
Hayden Wi Neera Māori

Wellington, Manawatu-Whanganui, Taranaki, South Island (Iwi/Hapū/Māori lens)


Build a more skilled workforce

Is your industry experiencing a shortage of skilled candidates coming through from vocational education? Does your industry struggle to hire people? Contact us so we can work with you to ensure that NZQA provides the right qualifications or standards. We can help ensure that the system trains more people, with the right skills to meet the needs of your industry.

Meet your rapid growth needs

Innovation and change are ongoing and Aotearoa New Zealand industry needs to keep pace to compete. Rolling out standardised training can help your industry manage rapid growth and the need for swift change. Talk to us to explore how we can work together to create the qualifications that get you access to a workforce trained and ready to go.

Build opportunities in the Māori economy

Are you working in Māori business or in Iwi development? Aotearoa New Zealand has a dynamic and expanding labour force of skilled Māori business owners and assets. Work with us to help realise opportunities and develop the skills, standards and qualifications to support your business, community and iwi aspirations. 

Te Ōhanga Māori – The Māori Economy 2018 report.

Fix out-of-date standards 

Are you concerned that graduates and learners are not being taught the right skills? If you’ve had issues with the skills that graduates have been taught, then we want to hear from you. Our role is to work with New Zealand to make sure the standards our vocational education system uses evolve to keep up with industry needs.  

Get professional recognition 

Does your industry need a way to recognise those with skills and experience? Do you want to professionalise or build credentials for your industry? We work with industry, peak bodies and other associations to set up qualifications that help your members prove they are qualified.  

Tap into a diverse workforce

Need support to look at how you can expand the reach of your industry to attract a wider diversity of potential learners? Or do you work with people who need opportunities to gain skills to enter new industries? We work to create opportunities and give a stronger voice. 

Define career pathways 

Are you an employer or industry who wants to provide a career path for your staff? Work with us to develop Qualifications that develop your staff. Great employers provide professional development pathways that attract and retain great employees. Help your employees attain valuable qualifications that lead to promotions and opportunities.

Embed best practice 

A qualification and standard can be a great way to roll out a common understanding and shared view of best practice. Does your industry need a way to embed standard behaviours? 

Contact us to discuss how we can help you.