About Puatala

Building Better Lives through Real Opportunities.

About Puatala

Founded to help Maori and Pacific people to 'Just Get It'!


Founded by Meta and Lesa Tyrell

Meta and Lesa founded Alignz Recruitment, a Samoan owned and led recruitment agency over 20 years ago after seeing and experiencing the struggles of Maori and Pacific communities, being unrepresented in the local labour market. Today, our founders bring with them the same desire to help people in the form of Puatala. Where our training and programmes lead to real job creation for you.

Decades of Industry Experience

With over 20 years of experience in the recruitment industry, Puatala is built on a strong foundation of industry experience and local labour contacts. This means we’ve got the experience, industry knowledge and networks to help you find real opportunities.

Tailored Training Programmes

We focus on individual, module-based training specific to the participant and supported by pastoral care. This means participants can chop and change a programme to suit the skills needs they require to secure the career they desire.

Backed by an Experienced Team

The Puatala Team

Programme Manager / Instructor
Programme Coordinator
Community Engagement Officer / Instructor
HR Manager
Community Engagement Officer / Instructor
Finance Manager

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Frequently asked questions

Tell me about your Impact Programmes

Our Impact Programmes are all about helping you to achieve a growth mindset and become more resilient in both your personal and professional lives.

You will become more self-aware, understanding your own self-imposed barriers holding you back from achieving your goals and learn to take charge of your own life with strategies and tools we will teach you.

What industries does your Skills Programmes cover?

Our Skills Programmes cater for industries such as:

  • Warehousing & Logistics
  • Civil Construction
  • Trades & Services
  • Manufacturing & Production
  • Infrastructure
Can I achieve any tickets, certificates or licences through your training programmes?

Absolutely. Depending on the industry you’re looking to enter, we can recommend the right programme for you that will include a recognised ticket, certificate or licence.

After training, can you help me get employed?

We have a range of partners, networks and connections, all of which will greatly favour an applicant who has gone through training with Puatala and we’ll even help you with the entire recruitment process from start to finish.


How does the process work?

The process works with you starting the ball rolling and getting in touch with us.

From there, we will look to meet with you in person and discuss how we can best help you and what you’re looking to achieve.


How do I start?

All you need to do is get in touch with us by sending an email to support@puatala.co.nz, or heading to our contact page for further information.

Driving outcomes for Maori & Pacific People

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