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.

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.

  • New Zealand Biosecurity Awards 2019

    • Date: 18 June 2019 to 24 July 2019

    Entries now open for the 2019 NZ Biosecurity Awards

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Ministry for Primary Industries
  • Matariki / Stars of Aotea

    • Date: 07 June 2019 to 09 June 2019
    • Time: 7.30 pm Friday night – 10.00am Sunday Morning

    newest product of Motairehe Marae Aotea..... Stars Of Aotea. Ara ki te rangi "pathway to the star's". Where..... Tuhinga ki mua "ridge of the heavens"

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Motairehe Marae
  • Investing in the continued revitalisation of te reo Māori

    • Date: 30 May 2019

    $33.84 million over four years has been secured in Budget 2019 for the continued revitalisation of te reo Māori.

    This funding will support the aspirations of Te Whare o Te Reo Mauriora, a partnership model developed as part of Te Ture mō Te Reo Māori 2016. This whare acknowledges that both Crown and Māori have a part to play in revitalising te reo Māori - sustainable change can only be achieved in partnership with iwi and communities. 

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  • Rangatahi reo initiatives announced today

    • Date: 16 May 2019

    Te Puni Kōkiri, Te Māngai Pāho and Te Taura Whiri i te Reo Māori (Māori Language Commission) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding today to launch a series of rangatahi-focused reo initiatives.

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  • Race Unity Hui

    • Date: 06 April 2019

    Race Unity Hui are spaces where young people advance the conversation about race relations in Aotearoa. Rangatahi are welcome to work towards a just and unified society.

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    • Registration required
    • Organiser: Baha'i Community New Zealand, Multicultural New Zealand

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