Rangatahi Leadership and Development

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.

Pae Aronui

Improving education, training and employment outcomes for rangatahi Māori aged 15-24 years that are NEET and/or at risk of becoming NEET.


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.


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.


Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • Investing in our future business leaders and entrepreneurs

    • Date: 20 September 2019

    Supported by Te Puni Kōkiri and run by Young Enterprise Trust, the Rangatahi Business Challenge is a fun and interactive 3-day introduction to business and enterprise for year 9-11 tauira.

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  • Te Kuia Me Te Pūngāwerewere

    • Date: 05 September 2019
    • Time: 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

    A free children's theatre production performed entirely in te reo Māori.

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    • Open to the public, no booking required
    • Organiser: Taki Rua

    • Date: 05 September 2019
    • Time: 0900 – 1500

    Raranga Tahi is a fun filled day that calls upon the youth of Aotearoa to innovate ways on how to drive Māori language revitalisation in to the future.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Te Taura Whiri i te reo Māori
  • Award winning Māori leadership programme recognised through cadetships

    • Date: 30 August 2019

    Downer was awarded the Emerging Diversity and Inclusion Award at the 2016 Diversity Awards for their Māori leadership programme. We talk more with Downer about how the Cadetships programme through Te Puni Kōkiri has assisted them along the way.

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  • Learning on the job is the trick

    • Date: 30 August 2019

    The biggest Tūhoe civil contractor is helping his people to be the technician, to be the electrician, to be the engineer. Pera Te Amo (Tūhoe, Ngāti Porou) has only just come on board the Cadetship programme but we catch up to discuss the work that is bringing pride to him and his whānau.

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