Michael Allan

Last year Michael was accepted onto the He Toki ki te Rika trades training programme and he is enjoying learning new skills as part of a group. “I’ve met some amazing people at He Toki ki te Rika, and we’re all like one big whānau united in a common goal and supporting each other to succeed.

Michael Allan (Ngāti Huirapa, Ngāti Wheke, Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Ngāti Irakehu, Ngāi Te Ruahikihiki) took a while before he finally enrolled with Whai Rawa but is now on board. “My aunty had been telling me about it for a while, and that was why I joined.”

Last year Michael was accepted onto the He Toki ki te Rika trades training programme and he is enjoying learning new skills as part of a group. “I’ve met some amazing people at He Toki ki te Rika, and we’re all like one big whānau united in a common goal and supporting each other to succeed; probably a similar theme to Whai Rawa. The trades training is something I really love and I’ve now completed two out of the three modules.

“Once I am qualified I’ll be able to get a good building job with lots of opportunities to further improve my skills and income in the future. When I’m working I’ll also be able to do some serious saving for my own whare and yes, I’ll be letting others know about Whai Rawa, as my Aunty has with me.”