Pahemata (Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Ngai Tahu) is a year 13 at TKKM o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa and Diploma student at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
Her passion for her community saw her take out a Trustpower community award in 2017 and the Te Aho Matua award at her kura. Since then, her passion for performing arts led to stand in the founding group of Te Wairoa's newest kapa haka, Mātangirau, who she is now trialling to stand with at Te Matatini, 2019.
Since co-founding Project Rangatahi with Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond, she has pursued her love of STEM as CFO, while engaging as the primary Rangatahi coordinator for the business.
In 2019, aside from Project Rangatahi, Pahemata will be studying at the University of Waikato in pursuit of her Bachelor of Arts majoring in Te Reo Maori. This up and coming entrepreneur is definitely someone you will be seeing in the future. Whether that be through business, computer science, te reo Māori, or education, watch this space!
Rahiri Makuini (Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, Taranaki, Ngāruahine) is a student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa and in her final year of her first bachelors degree at Te Wānanga o Raukawa.
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 Māori entrepreneurship. This year through the Young Enterprise Scheme, Rahiri and her business partner, Pahemata Robinson, launched Project Rangatahi. Their mission is; "Poipoia ngā rangatira ō āpōpō - encouraging the next generation of Māori leaders" This allowed Rahiri to combine her love her Te Ao Māori, rangatahi rights, community development and pākihi/business.
Rahiri was also named as the 2018 GirlBoss Trailblazer award winner and will continue her studies next year in Auckland where she will be pursuing a Masters of Indigenous Studies.
Our CEO, Rahiri's, Girlboss interview from the 2018 GirlBoss Awards where she took out the Supreme award.