21 Feb 2012

Tradesmen form collective to rebuild Christchurch

7:19 pm on 21 February 2012

A group of Maori tradesmen has formed the Kaihanga Collective to rebuild Christchurch and help train rangatahi.

They will work together to broker larger contracts to secure jobs for smaller operators.

The Kaihanga Collective has been formed by 15 men who were part of the old Maori Affairs Trade Training Scheme which ran until the 1980s.

The group has named itself after the Kaihanga Hostel which is next door to Rehua Marae.

When they were young men the trainees came from all parts of the country to learn a trade, and stayed in Christchurch after they graduated.

The collective also wants to work with Government agencies to design trade training programmes to suit Maori trainees.