Our young people are the leaders of tomorrow, and Te Puni Kōkiri is committed to supporting rangatahi Māori to reach their full potential.

Our Mahi

We are teaming up with whānau, community leaders and employers all over the country to assist our young people on a pathway to further education, training and employment.

Check out the links below to learn more about the mahi we do with rangatahi throughout Aotearoa.

Rangatahi Suicide Prevention

Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. To reduce Māori suicide Te Puni Kōkiri partners with other agencies, expert groups and community organisations.


Taiohi Ararau

Taiohi Ararau - Passport to Life supports young Māori on their pathway to training and employment by helping them get essential documents.



The Cadetships programme supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow full-time permanent Māori staff.


Budget 2018 - Rangatahi

Funding will move rangatahi Māori from learning to earning

$14 million in Budget 2018 has been set aside to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that enhance their education and employment opportunities.


From learning to earning in Kaikohe

"It is important for me that we ensure all rangatahi can engage on a pathway to employment, skills development and further opportunities," says Minister Jackson.


Wardens work with disengaged rangatahi

$1 million in Budget 2018 has been set aside for Māori Wardens to support outcomes for rangatahi Māori that will enhance their education and employment opportunities.



This fund will received a total of $14 million over four years from Vote: Māori Development. It will be used to support innovative approaches that build on aspirations and natural strengths of rangatahi and support rangatahi across their education and employment pathway.

This fund targets rangatahi who are most disengaged - those aged between 15-24 that are not currently in education, employment or training (NEETs).

While this fund is administered by Te Puni Kōkiri, it will support the wider aims of He Poutama Rangatahi - the government strategy aimed at getting more rangatahi into employment.

Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • 2018 World Indigenous Business Forum

    • Date: 09 October 2018 to 12 October 2018

    A major international platform to showcase Māori business, engage Indigenous people in global economic discussions and leverage indigenous trade.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Ohu Whai Ao
  • National Secondary Schools Kapa Haka Competition 2018

    • Date: 03 July 2018 to 06 July 2018
    • Time: 9.00am – 8.00pm

    He Pouwhenua, He Puapua! This biennial event exemplifies excellence in Māori Performing Arts from the rangatahi of Aotearoa.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Manawatū Horowhenua Māori Teachers Incorporated
  • Rangatahi with Raniera Rewiri at Au.E! Conference Hawkes Bay 2018 (Photo by Josie McClutchie)

    Hawkes Bay rangatahi gather for rangatahi suicide prevention

    • Date: 20 June 2018

    Nearly 150 rangatahi from schools around the Hawkes Bay region attended the third Au.E! rangatahi suicide prevention conference at Pettigrew Green Arena in Napier in June.

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  • Ngāti Koata Matariki Celebrations

    • Date: 15 June 2018 to 16 June 2018

    Come along to our pā harakeke clean up/harvest, morning urupā visit, afternoon swimming, and night market

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Ngāti Koata Trust
  • Matariki Celebrations at Ara institute of Canterbury

    • Date: 11 June 2018 to 15 June 2018

    This year we’re celebrating Matariki with a bang, with events for students, staff and the wider community. Our celebration runs from 11-15 June at all Ara campuses.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Ara Institute of Canterbury

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