Rangatahi

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.

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Taiohi Ararau

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

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Cadetships

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Background

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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    • Organiser: Te Ohu Whai Ao
  • Teacher Tom Pickering with Holy Church School pupils.

    Tu Kaha mobile classroom changing the lives of rangatahi

    • Date: 11 September 2018

    Te Puni Kōkiri has partnered with Tu Kaha Foundation to deliver an educational values programme to rangatahi focusing on great decision-making and building resilient leaders through a purpose-built mobile classroom. 

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  • Rangatahi talk about suicide

    • Date: 08 August 2018

    The number of New Zealanders taking their own lives is continuing to rise, with men and Māori featuring well above the national average.

    The investment Te Puni Kōkiri makes in rangatahi suicide prevention focuses on building resilience, self-identify and leadership among rangatahi.

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  • Te Tairāwhiti drivers become legal beagle

    • Date: 25 July 2018

    More than 50 whānau and rangatahi completed their restricted or full licenses with help through the Tairāwhiti REAP Graduated Driver Licencing programme. It was the fourth intake of students since the programme started in 2017.

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  • Ella Cameron-Smith has been a part of the Pūhoro STEM Academy since its pilot programme launched in 2016.

    Pūhoro STEM Academy - Equipping the leaders of tomorrow

    • Date: 06 July 2018

    “The type of environment we have at school doesn’t cater to my needs or disabilities, but when I’m here at Pūhoro it doesn’t matter because they have a culture of belonging. We’re engaged because we belong and that leads to success,” said Ella Cameron-Smith, who has been a part of the Pūhoro STEM Academy since its inception in 2016.

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