Here at Project Rangatahi, our goal is to encourage the next generation of Māori leaders, which is what we intend to do. This year we are aiming for an intake of 100 participants from the ages of 15 to 25. These rangatahi stem from all walks of life and from all around Aotearoa with the one goal of being the best leaders we can for the next generation.
The majority of our rangatahi grew up through kohanga reo, kura kaupapa, ruma rumaki and whare wānanga. However we also have many who come from kura auraki or mainstream schools. Regardless of their upbringing or capacity with Te Reo Māori, we encourage all of our rangatahi to be active in Te Ao Māori, whether that be through marae, hapū, iwi, or through kaupapa such as kapa haka, hākinakina, and wānanga.
Currently we have a wide range of rangatahi. Some have been to America, visiting Google or the UN, and to South East Asia for Pūtaiao. Some have sailed on waka hourua or have traversed up mountains. Others are maintaining the mana of their hapū and marae with whai kōrero and karanga.
Regardless, we want to help each and everyone of them through this kaupapa.
Once an opportunity an sources the participant has the option to accept or decline as we understand the hectic lives our rangatahi live. There is no pressure on any of our rangatahi to follow a path or opportunity presented to them.
You can also find out more about our participants through our published content. This includes Te Red Rangatahi, a video series focusing on the dreams and aspirations of our rangatahi.