11 October 2023 | Ep.98 – Addressing the skills gap through diversity… 4 years later


In this episode of Stirring the Pot we’re talking with Byron Konia.

Byron is a Senior Mechanical Engineer and Māori Advisor at Stantec in Wellington.  We last spoke to him back in 2019 when he was just starting off his career as a young Graduate Hydraulic Engineer. Join us as we reconnect and find out what he has been up to and how he thinks the engineering environment has changed to better attract and retain a diverse workforce.


Connect with Byron

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/byronkonia/ 


You may also want to check out his kemu (game) he developed in his own journey to improve his reo Māori!

Website: https://kupurorirori.co.nz/pages/maua-korero-our-story 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kupurorirori 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kupu.rorirori 

TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@kupurorirori 


Connect with Stantec

Website: https://www.stantec.com/en/offices/new-zealand-locations-hub 

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/stantec/ 

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StantecInc 

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Stantec 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stantec/ 

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/StantecInc 


Find out more about HERA’s mātauranga Māori mahi:

Website: https://www.hera.org.nz/matauranga-maori/ 

Research on the intersection between mātauranga Māori and Construction 4.0: https://www.hera.org.nz/construction40-matauranga-maori/ 

Whanake Scholarship: https://www.hera.org.nz/hera-whanake-scholarship/ 



Byron’s first podcast with us: