About Us

Train Me Quality Services LTD (“Train Me”) is a whanau owned and operated vocational education and training provider. Although we have chosen to organise under a company structure, we self-identify as a Maori kaupapa social enterprise, given our intention to use commercial models and methods to generate revenue to deliver social impact on a sustainable basis.
The Company delivers training through its two strategic business units, the School of Shop which operates in the retail training space, and the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School which operates in the forestry training space.

Governed by Train Me’s Board of Directors, the genesis of the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School can be traced back to a broken economic system that has been injurious to the Maori people for generations. A system where Maori men were dying needlessly in New Zealand’s commercial forests; where Maori families were suffering intergenerational economic hardship; and where Maori people made up 50% of New Zealand’s burgeoning prison population.

 

A causal factor of the perpetuation of this broken economic system has been the lack of effective strategic leadership towards improving socio-economic outcomes for Maori through culturally responsive vocational education and training.

In 2013, Directors of Manaia Safety Systems LTD Henry Koia and Steve Beach were determined to bring an end to forestry deaths while creating meaningful employment for the benefit of local people.

They developed a safety compliance system to help logging contractors comply with law designed to prevent workplace harm. While testing their prototype safety system the true extent of the knowledge gap within the forestry industry became apparent. In 2016 they joined Christine Beach’s training company Train Me. From that union came the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School.
In many ways, the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School can be seen as the manifestation of community uprising against forestry deaths; widespread economic hardship; and wasted Maori potential.

Our Point Of Difference

Our point of difference is our innovative training model which has three unique features. First, we service harvesting contracts with commercial forest owners in order to provide our trainees with an authentic, real-world, hands-on learning experience, before they set foot in a full-scale production environment. Second, we employ experienced forestry professionals who are specialists in the technical subjects being taught, to provide quality training and mentorship under strict supervision protocols. And third, we generate revenue from producing quality logs for our customer forest owners to help meet the costs of training and keeping our people in jobs.
Responsive to the learning needs of young Maori, the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School has proven that it can attract, engage, train, and release work ready people to the industry. The key to this attraction is a strong and trusted brand built on quality in everything we do. High standards is the way it has to be if we are to earn the trust and confidence of mums and dads in our School. We are confident that we will continue to attract new entrants to the industry; draw people back to the industry; and incentivise those in work to retrain and upskill to meet the changing skills needs of the industry.

 

 

Our Future

Our vision is a world where ManaiaSAFE Forestry Schools are saving lives, building futures, and delivering skills for foresters. Our mission is to lead the development of a safe, skilled and motivated workforce that supports a competitive and sustainable forestry industry. Our Strategic Business Plan 2020-2025 maps out our trajectory over the next 6-years as we strive to achieve the School’s mission and vision. Our strategic focus for 2020 is to work in partnership with Te Uru Rakau to become a registered Private Training Establishment and to scale-up our training model so that the School can become self-sustaining. Securing enduring partnerships with forest owners that share our aspirations towards improving socio-economic outcomes for Maori, is also our strategic focus.

 

 

About Us

Train Me Quality Services LTD (“Train Me”) is a whanau owned and operated vocational education and training provider. Although we have chosen to organise under a company structure, we self-identify as a Maori kaupapa social enterprise, given our intention to use commercial models and methods to generate revenue to deliver social impact on a sustainable basis.
The Company delivers training through its two strategic business units, the School of Shop which operates in the retail training space, and the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School which operates in the forestry training space.

Governed by Train Me’s Board of Directors, the genesis of the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School can be traced back to a broken economic system that has been injurious to the Maori people for generations. A system where Maori men were dying needlessly in New Zealand’s commercial forests; where Maori families were suffering intergenerational economic hardship; and where Maori people made up 50% of New Zealand’s burgeoning prison population.

A causal factor of the perpetuation of this broken economic system has been the lack of effective strategic leadership towards improving socio-economic outcomes for Maori through culturally responsive vocational education and training.

In 2013, Directors of Manaia Safety Systems LTD Henry Koia and Steve Beach were determined to bring an end to forestry deaths while creating meaningful employment for the benefit of local people.

They developed a safety compliance system to help logging contractors comply with law designed to prevent workplace harm. While testing their prototype safety system the true extent of the knowledge gap within the forestry industry became apparent. In 2016 they joined Christine Beach’s training company Train Me. From that union came the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School.
In many ways, the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School can be seen as the manifestation of community uprising against forestry deaths; widespread economic hardship; and wasted Maori potential.

Our Point Of Difference

Our point of difference is our innovative training model which has three unique features. First, we service harvesting contracts with commercial forest owners in order to provide our trainees with an authentic, real-world, hands-on learning experience, before they set foot in a full-scale production environment. Second, we employ experienced forestry professionals who are specialists in the technical subjects being taught, to provide quality training and mentorship under strict supervision protocols. And third, we generate revenue from producing quality logs for our customer forest owners to help meet the costs of training and keeping our people in jobs.

Responsive to the learning needs of young Maori, the ManaiaSAFE Forestry School has proven that it can attract, engage, train, and release work ready people to the industry. The key to this attraction is a strong and trusted brand built on quality in everything we do. High standards is the way it has to be if we are to earn the trust and confidence of mums and dads in our School. We are confident that we will continue to attract new entrants to the industry; draw people back to the industry; and incentivise those in work to retrain and upskill to meet the changing skills needs of the industry.

Our Future

Our vision is a world where ManaiaSAFE Forestry Schools are saving lives, building futures, and delivering skills for foresters. Our mission is to lead the development of a safe, skilled and motivated workforce that supports a competitive and sustainable forestry industry. Our Strategic Business Plan 2020-2025 maps out our trajectory over the next 6-years as we strive to achieve the School’s mission and vision. Our strategic focus for 2020 is to work in partnership with Te Uru Rakau to become a registered Private Training Establishment and to scale-up our training model so that the School can become self-sustaining. Securing enduring partnerships with forest owners that share our aspirations towards improving socio-economic outcomes for Maori, is also our strategic focus.