People and society expect much more from companies these days and Hawkins is responding to this shift.
We have chosen to work in the social leadership space inspiring the participation and education of Maori and Pacific Islanders in our industry. We are working collaboratively with iwi, community, educators and trainers (with the support of government) to support effective pathways into construction.
In New Zealand the statistics for low educational achievement and unemployment are highest for Maori and Pacific youth. The impact of this is often exponential – disenfranchisement and compounded issues; poor health, poor learning, prison terms. In 2025, 50% of Maori will be under 25, Pacific Islander similar. By 2050, 50% of Pakeha will be aged over 65 and the bulk of the tax-paying workforce will be Maori, Pacific Islander and Asian (Department of Statistics). By creating opportunities for Maori and Pasifika who want to learn new skills but haven’t had the chance to do so, we’re creating a better, sustainable, future: for them, their children, for the construction industry and for New Zealand.
We have already helped support more than a 1000 unemployed Maori and Pacific Islanders, over the last three years, into trades training – and the journey doesn’t stop here.