Date: 30 November 2012
Nine students from the Department of Conservation’s Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao - Maori Cadetship Programme graduated at a ceremony in Ngaruawahia today.
The graduates were presented with the National Certificate in Conservation, the Trainee Ranger Certificate from Nelson/Marlborough Institute of Technology and a Certificate in Tikanga Maori from Te Wananga o Aotearoa.
The Tauira Kaitiaki Taiao programme is a 21 month training programme for young Maori to help build conservation field skills and knowledge of tikanga Maori and to build Maori capability in conservation management. It is funded by the Department of Conservation in partnership with Nga Whenua Rahui.
Māori King, Kīngi Tuheitia, Paramount Chief of Ngati Tuwharetoa, Sir Tumu Te Heuheu, The Hon. Kate Wilkinson, Minister of Conservation and the Director-General of Conservation, Al Morrison all attended the graduation.
“I applaud the efforts of the tauira on their graduation from the programme, it is a great achievement,” said Al Morrison.
"This programme is about developing conservation capability within iwi and hapu and that is increasingly important as Maori organisations and business take up Kaitiakitanga over their land.
“By developing these young people we are giving effect to Kaitiakitanga and providing them with the skills to make a difference in conservation.”
Supporting Maori capability in conservation management is an important part of DOC’s aim to actively partner with Maori organisations and businesses to do more conservation.
The students leave the programme with practical training in ecology, fire fighting techniques, boat handling skills, species monitoring, radio communication training and the use of 4WD vehicles, all of which are NZQA accredited.
Five of the graduates are employed by the Department and four are employed by the Nga Whenua Rahui.
Department of Conservation
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