McGredy Winder Supreme Award Winner and Winner of The Capability Group Award for Innovation in Organisation and People Development:   Kia Puāwai, Auckland Council

About the Entry:

Kia Puāwai is a programme designed to improve employment outcomes in South Auckland by bringing unemployed local people into the council's contact centre workforce.  Kia Puāwai is a programme delivered by Auckland Council, the Manukau Office if WINZ and Māori Training Provider, The Solomon Group that offers not just a job, but the prospect of a career. 

The Judges Said:

Kia Puāwai is an inspirational example of a successful cross-sectoral collaboration that has provided a life-changing opportunity for the graduates, a reliable source of motivated staff for the contact centre, and sustainable benefits for South Auckland.  This joining-up of capabilities shows the benefits of local leadership and local action transcending economic and social barriers.

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