Read Tariana Turia's full speech here
The grand opening of New Zealand Management Academies’ upmarket new premises on July 4 marked the beginning of an exciting new chapter for hospitality, business and retail training in the Waikato.
Guest speaker at the event, Hon Tariana Turia, Co-leader of the Maori Party and Associate Minister, Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, described the opening as a milestone not just for NZMA, but also for the local community.
“This event marks a new beginning for New Zealand Management Academies, who have now opened these premises in Hamilton. This is also a new opportunity presented to the people of Hamilton and the wider Waikato region, to further advance their aspirations for the people of this rohe in education, employment and training,” she said.
The Minister acknowledged NZMA’s vision – to be a leader in New Zealand education by making a meaningful difference to the lives of our students and our communities.
“I really love the focus on being real – this is not about learning for learning’s sake – this is about creating opportunities for your community; for your families to benefit from knowledge and education.
“It is about investing in education pathways for our whanau and communities as a key part of the strategy for development.
“Education is at the heart of the Whanau Ora approach. Educational and employment opportunities are in fact, a critical part in furthering the advancement of our whanau, and in ensuring long term and sustainable wellbeing.”
The Minister was impressed with NZMA’s clear outcomes which she described as “visible proof of the success achieved by the students of this school”.
“It is absolutely fantastic to know that 86% of all enrolled domestic learners successfully gained a qualification and 40% of graduates progressed to higher levels of education.”
Burgeoning student numbers prompted the training provider’s move from Level 10 to Level 2 of the Tower Building, above Hamilton’s Centre Place. The new premises provide spacious classrooms and a state-of-the-art training bar and café, and will cater for the introduction of the academy’s first-ever diploma-level programme later this month, the National Diploma in Hospitality.
The two-year course aims to fine-tune practical skills and give students a sound knowledge of operations management and systems management within the hospitality industry. It gives students enrolling at NZMA the chance to move from a Level 2 qualification right through to a Level 5 diploma.
“This will mean that students will not only be prepared for employment, but also prepared to take on the highest levels of responsibility, which can move them up into higher levels of employment.
“I want to thank the academy for the inspirational work you are doing here. You provide us all with the challenge that we must build on your success and continue to provide opportunities for our rangatahi to further their learning in the workplace and in the community, supporting their aspirations, and their learning needs,” the Minister said.
Approximately 100 guests attended the opening including MP for Hamilton East David Bennett, PA for Nanaia Mahuta, Ryan Te Wara and NZMA CEO’s Rosanne Graham and Tim Cullinane.
Mr Cullinane described the growth of the academy as a major step forward for the organisation and a great opportunity to continue making a difference to the lives of students and their families.
After a tour of the new facilities guests were treated to dynamic performances from the Hamilton Cook Island Community Drummers and the Toto Kiore Kapa Haka group. Singer and Fairfield College seventh former, Eden Hapuku, also performed.
Academy Manager Marama Tahapehi was proud and excited to showcase the new premises.
“It was wonderful to show our community our fantastic new facilities and give them a taste of what NZMA Waikato has to offer. NZMA is committed to helping our community grow and succeed, so it was nice to have the opportunity to share our own growth with them," she said.
Read Tariana Turia's full speech here