Taiohi Ararau – Passport to Life supports young Māori on their pathway to training and employment by helping them get essential documents like their driver’s licence and IRD number.
About Taiohi Ararau
Taiohi Ararau – Passport to Life is an innovative programme that supports young Māori aged 15-24 who are not receiving a benefit and not in employment, education or training.
Through the programme, taiohi and their whānau work with community leaders to get essential documents including:
- Birth certificate
- Driver’s license
- IRD number
- Bank account
These documents are tools to assist young people on the pathway to further education, training or employment.
Te Puni Kōkiri secured $4 m over four years to test Taiohi Ararau - Passport to Life in Budget 2017. See media release.
The initiative is part of a wider Government approach to supporting young people into employment, known as He Poutama Rangatahi – Youth Employment Pathways.
Taiohi Ararau – Passport to Life is aimed at Māori aged 15 – 24 years who are not in education, employment or training, a cohort known as NEETs.
Labour Market statistics in March 2018 show the Māori NEETs rate was 21.3. percent, compared to the national rate of 11.4 percent.
In March 2018, Associate Minister for Māori Development, Hon Willie Jackson announced a new pilot programme for Taiohi Ararau to run in Te Tai Tokerau.
Te Puni Kōkiri is working with four local community groups to deliver this pilot programme:
- Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust, Kaikohe
- He Iwi Kotahi Tātou Trust, Moerewa
- Te Hau Awhiowhio O Otangarei Trust, Whangārei
- Waitomo Papakāinga Development Society Incorporated, Kaitāia
These community groups have a combined history of more than 100 years’ service in the Te Tai Tokerau region, which has the largest Māori population identified as being at risk of long-term unemployment.