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 Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training at UCOL

Kia ora, Kia orana, Malo e lelei, Bula Vinaka, Fakaalofa lahi atu, Talofa lava, Malo ni, Greetings to all.

Māori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) is about training eligible Māori and Pasifika students for careers in key trades.

Māori and Pasifika people aged between 16 – 40 years, enrolled and accepted into a UCOL (MPTT) confirmed programme, now have an opportunity to study FEES-FREE (other course related costs may apply) at UCOL, through the MPTT initiative.

The MPTT initiative provides a limited number of FEES-FREE tertiary places in key trades training programmes, and an opportunity for students to pathway onto apprenticeships, employment, or higher levels of study - with better outcomes for students, employers, whānau/aiga and communities.

What can I expect?

  • Academic support throughout your studies
  • Access to all student services
  • Pastoral care and cultural support
  • A safe, supportive learning environment
  • A whānau and aiga-based student experience
  • Relationship-based learning practices from UCOL staff
  • Opportunity to develop relationships with employers while studying
  • Assistance and preparation for gaining apprenticeships and employment

What is expected of me?

Any student that is selected for MPTT is expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to both study and progressing your career. This means you commit to:

  • Attending class and doing the work
  • Passing the programme
  • Attending and completing any work-readiness programmes
  • Keeping in contact with your key MPTT staff
  • Keeping UCOL up-to-date with your contact details and any change of circumstances, eg. phone number change, withdrawals, etc.


2019 applications

UCOL has recently submitted their application for MPTT funding for 2019. An outcome for this application is expected around November 2018. If UCOL is successful with its MPTT funding application for 2019, it is then that MPTT programmes will be listed on this site.

UCOL aims to award MPTT places (support and funding) to eligible Māori and Pasifika students (16-40 years, enrolled and accepted into a UCOL (MPTT) confirmed programme) who demonstrate a strong commitment to both study and a career path in the trades, through a UCOL MPTT confirmed programme.

MPTT places are limited and therefore you are advised to arrange other methods to pay your fees (eg. student loan) in case your application for MPTT support and funding is unsuccessful. 

As part of the application process, it is the intent to meet with the MPTT Coordinator to discuss your application prior to finding out the result of your application.

If you would like more information please email

    Tips for applying

    • Talk with whānau, friends and supporters about this opportunity.
    • Complete the UCOL Enrolment Form and the UCOL MPTT Application Form, and return forms to a UCOL Information Centre.
    • Ask for help, our UCOL enrolment advisors (on 0800 GO UCOL or 0800 468 265), and our MPTT Coordinator ( are here to help if you have any questions.
    • You are advised to arrange other methods to pay your fees (eg. student loan) in case your application for MPTT support and funding is unsuccessful.

    Next steps

    • The MPTT Coordinator will be in touch to arrange a meeting to discuss your application.
    • Review the 'Ready to study checklist' below to help you get ready, and be prepared to talk about your answers with the MPTT Coordinator.
    • You will find out the result of your application.

    Ready to study checklist

    Kei te reri ahau ki te ako? (Am I ready to study?)

    When deciding to study, there are many factors that you need to think about.  This checklist will assist you to start making sure you are ready to study.

    • Hihiri (Motivation) - Why am I doing this? What are my short and long-term goals?
    • Tautoko (Support) - Who are my support networks and how will I use them? What extra support might I need?
    • Pūkenga ako (Study skills) - How will I plan my study? Do I need help with this?
    • Wā (Time) - Do I know how to manage my time effectively? What other commitments do I have that may impact on my study?
    • Pūtea (Money) - Do I have financial support while I study? Do I know how to apply for allowances through StudyLink? What are my requirements if I am on a WINZ benefit? Do I have a current bank account?
    • Rauemi (Resources) - What other items might I need as part of my study? Do I have a birth certificate, current passport, 18+ card or other form of identification? Do I know my IRD number?
    • Hui (Meeting) - Do I need to discuss my MPTT application and programme with UCOL staff?

    Ehara taku toa he toa takitahi, he toa takitini.
    Success is gained not by the efforts of one, but by the efforts of many.

    Kia Ū, Kia Oho, Kia Manawanui!