Rāhiri Mākuini (Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Taranaki whānui, tā imi Moriori), co-founder alongside Pahemata Robinson, has been the Kaikōkiri Matua (CEO) of Project Rangatahi since its 2018 establishment.
Rāhiri is a raukura of Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa and graduate of Te Wānanga o Raukawa and the University of Auckland and current Masters student of Victoria University of Wellington.
In 2016, she and Pahemata participated in the Āmua Ao programme and with 25 other rangatahi experienced design thinking and tech education in Silicon Valley. From there she began to embrace her aspirations of Indigenous entrepreneurialism and development. Rāhiri was also named as the first inaugural GirlBoss Trailblazer award winner and since finishing University in 2021, continues to pursue her passions of rangatahi and cultural development.
Pahemata Robinson (Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, Kai Tahu)
is the co-founder and since returning in 2021, has taken up the role of Kaikōkiri Rangatahi.
Born and raised in Te Wairoa, Pahemata completed a Diploma of Health Promotion, Sport, and Exercise Sciences through Te Wānanga o Raukawa while attending Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa. She continued her studies at the University of Waikato where she grew her reo and academic experiences.
Passionate about computer science and kapa haka, Pahemata now studies Level 4 Information Technology studies and is completing the second year of her Bachelors of Māori Performing Arts degree through Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi.
As Kaikōkiri Rangatahi, Pahemata heads our rangatahi engagement while actively working to understand how we can integrate technology into our mahi. Thereby, creating accessible and engaging resources for rangatahi and communities around the motu.
Currently based in Taranaki, Te Moana (Waitaha, Kāti Māmoe, Kāi Tahu, Ngāti Raukawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Te Ātihaunui a Pāpārangi, Tūwharetoa, Scottish, Irish) is a graduate of Te Wānanga o Raukawa and currently completing a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Anthropology (University of Otago, Ōtepoti).
Passionate about sustainability, culture, art, hauora and whānau wellbeing, Te Moana has been an active contributor to the AATEA team since joining in 2019. Through projects, Te Moana has worked with our senior members to grow his writing, design, matauranga and management skills. His role in Project Rangatahi leverages of these experiences and his roles as a tuakana within hapū and whānu roles.
His skills in art and design, resource development and research are highly valuable to Project Rangatahi. We are excited to welcome him to our growing team.
Uri of Ngāti Rangi, Muaūpoko, Ngāti Kahungunu, and Ngāti Rongomaiwahine, Rongomau has come aboard with Project Rangatahi under the umbrella of his role at AATEA Solutions.
Pursuing a Bachelors of Commerce majoring in international business through the University of Otago, Rongomau actively developed his research skills with AATEA, and provides key long term considerations regarding the future of business from a rangatahi perspective. His experiences with rangatahi and business has also included working closely with the Te Wairoa based, rangatahi-centred enterprise, Korou Digital Agency, in 2021.
His role within Project Rangatahi as a supporting Kaikōkiri sees him take up roles of rangatahi engagement and organisational developmnent while based in Te Wairoa. Rongomau's skillset and experience with and for rangatahi is highly valuable and we look forward to his role with Project Rangatahi.
In 2021, tuakana Māori business, AATEA Solutions, became partial owners of Project Rangatahi.
Having previously worked in collaboration in 2018, the partnership between AATEA and Project Rangatahi represents the formalisation of a significant tuakana-teina relationship which has strengthened both businesses since the conception of Project Rangatahi.
AATEA's new ownership within Project Rangatahi has opened its networks and team to allow for the continued growth of Project Rangatahi as a rangatahi provider and as a commercial business. The support of the AATEA team members has also provided Project Rangatahi with access to invaluable insight and connections within education, reo and tikanga, re and tikane, design, technology, and governance.
With AATEA Solutions, we look forward to the future of this partnership for our rangatahi and organisation.
We are always looking for passionate people who are keen to support rangatahi Māori in Aotearoa. If you are interested in taking up a role with Project Rangatahi and join our team, please feel welcome to get in touch!