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 Ka Awatea
Pathways at HPSS


What's coming up

Keep an eye on the Ka Awatea 2023 Classroom Calendar for upcoming events: Presentations, mini-expos, guest speakers, STAR course opportunities and more.

Whats has been happening.. 
Guests Ārepa

This week we were really fortunate to have Anne and Ross Brown of brain drink Ārepa visit HPSS to deliver an engaging and interactive presentation to our business and food technology students.

Students were able to pose questions directly to co-founder Angus Brown, who joined the presentation via Zoom and were also treated to free samples of Ārepa product - we're already feeling calmer and more focused! Massive thanks to Ārepa for their generosity and for providing such a valuable learning opportunity for our students.

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Internships Programme

Each year students are nominated to take part in our Year 12/13 Internship Programme. Linking our students with industry partners provides them with a year-long opportunity to work in an industry they are passionate about. 


Internship programme application process.

Students are to be nominated by hub coaches with conversations about suitability and happening with student/whanau/coach before nomination. Students MUST meet the following criteria:

  • A good ambassador for HPSS out in our local community!

  • Have an established vision of the industry they want to move into, as the internship is expected to last the duration of the year,

  • Reliable, and responsible for managing own transport and communication regarding attendance with employer and school. 

  • It is also helpful if students have sought out industry contacts for themselves, If they have a potential placement, they need to include their contact details in this form so this can be qualified by us prior to accepting them into the project, where appropriate, be willing and able to complete extra theory to develop industry-specific knowledge.

Priority will be given to 'school leavers' e.g using the internship as support for their transition out of HPSS. 

Internships Programme 2022


Careers that care for an area such as a lake or forest. 

Vocational Alignment: Primary Industries, Sustainability, Construction and Infrastructure.


Careers involve showing respect, generosity and care for others.

Vocational Alignment: Service Industry, Social and Community Services.


Careers that meet the needs of our changing world by making products and things. 

Vocational Alignment: Manufacturing, Technology and Creative Industries.

Short Course Opportunities at HPSS 

There are opportunities available for students who are not yet ready for the commitment required of the internship project to explore areas of interest through taster days, one-off courses and school holiday programmes. E.G. Gateway is a shorter-term work experience, and we tend to offer group placements with big companies e.g. The Warehouse, Warehouse Staionary, Mitre10. 

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SERVICE IQ 'Red and Blue Shirts Programme'

Students take part in a Theory day and five-day practical work experience at the

Warehouse or Warehouse Stationary 10 to gain retail and customer service experience 

Academy Courses

Each year students are selected or can opt into our Trades Academy programmes. These programmes run alongside the internship programme on a Wednesday and are year-long courses. 

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UNITEC Courses: 



Environmental and Animal Science

These courses are facilitated by external tertiary training providers and offer students hands-on industry-based learning, with a 20 - 30 credits NCEA package.

STAR School Holiday Programmes 

Senior students can participate in school holiday programmes with an external provider to gain experience and knowledge in an area of interest.

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 Star courses can come with a variety of credit packages for NCEA L2 and L3 students.  STAR course opportunities are shared with students in the Tertiary Classroom each term. 

External providers include: Techtorium, Yoobee, Crown, ITC, Elite, Cut Above, NZMA, NZIS and more 

MITO Bus Tour

Annual behind-the-scenes opportunities to find out first-hand about the varied careers in the automotive industry; light vehicle, heavy diesel, EV, and a collision repair workshop. 

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Festival of the Future 2023

Inspirational Professional Development at Aotearoa’s biggest leadership and innovation summit, Festival for the Future. One of the most inspirational events you’ll ever attend. We heard from current and future leaders from New Zealand’s business, government and community sectors as we explored the big issues of our time, hearing what’s possible, and building ideas and skills for a more inclusive and sustainable future. Many connections and ideas to bring back to HPSS


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