"Poipoia ngā Rangatira o Apōpō" - Here at Project Rangatahi, our mission is to grow the next generation of Māori leaders by connecting our rangatahi with the opportunities and people in order for them to lead and succeed. We aim to grow our rangatahi to be leaders in academia, in Te Ao Māori, in sports, and in whatever path they decide to follow. We also encourage the kaupapa of Tuakana, Teina by creating a mix of rangatahi from all different walks of life.
We connect rangatahi, aged 15 to 25, with scholarships, internships, work experience, mentors, workshops and more. We also connect to companies and organisations looking to increase their capacity with rangatahi as future customers and leaders in order to not only grow our rangatahi, but to also change the environment in order for more to excel.
We are currently developing a new database that will optimise rangatahi exposure to these opportunities and working on establishing a kaupapa driven platform for wānanga and events for our members.
Our founders, Pahemata Robinson and Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond, are based in Hawkes Bay where they attend TKKM o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa. Project Rangatahi is involved in the YES Programme 2018 (Young Enterprise Scheme) through the EIT Hawkes Bay Business Enterprise Trades Academy course.
Check out this great video by Te Karere about our CEO, Rahiri Makuini, who became the youngest ever presenter at the Federation of Māori Affairs' annual Huihuinga Wahine conference in Auckland.
Rangatahi register through our website or social media and is open to any rangatahi of the ages of 15-25 (recently expanded) with whakapapa Māori.
Our business is currently under construction as we are developing a number of resources and events for our rangatahi, all of which will be made available, free of charge, to our members. These features will be released by early 2019.
One unique aspect of our rangatahi business is its foundation in kaupapa Māori. This means that when our kaitautoko or investors have an upcoming event or kaupapa, they may request assistance from Project Rangatahi and some participants from the region will be there to support. This is an important aspect for us, as it encourages our participants to remain involved in their local community and to allow them the opportunity to engage with these organisations as a potential path for the future.
The first of our #TeReoRangatahi video series focusing on the dreams and aspirations of the rangatahi of Project Rangatahi. This video features Anatipa, year 12 student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa!