Life as rangatahi Māori in 2021 means a multitude of oppotunities and challenges. Each of us face a unique but shared set of experiences which reflect the experiences of our tīpuna, values of our communities, social norms of our environments, and our own lived experiences. Fortunately, there are a number of organisations and bodies who seek to support rangatahi nationally. Organisations who occupy iwi, hapū, community, whānau, and comercial spaces.
As Project Rangatahi, we were established with the goal of providing for a selection of amazing rangatahi who are movers, shakers, and carers for their communities. However, in our reexamination of what rangatahi need nationally and reimagination of the role of Project Rangatahi, we now see our role as taura here, binding or connecting strands.
Therefore, as in our role as Project Rangatahi, our self-defined role as taura here sees us conect our network of 16-25 year old rangatahi from all walks of life and regions of Aotearoa to a wide range of oppotunities, organisations, and community which may assist rangatahi, their whānau, and communities to succeed.
In many cases, opportunities and obligations for rangatahi occur within local, grass-roots spaces. Whether they be based in marae, iwi, local government, or local business, Project Rangatahi offers rangatahi our network and knowledge of national rangatahi services, organisation, funds, employment, and engagement.
We also offer our collection of in-house resource database which include videos, articles, funds, workshops, among other offerings. This database which is readily available following registration by rangatahi.
Finally, we also offer the unique oppotunity to rangatahi to engage in the commercial facet of Project Rangatahi, including the oppotunity to enage in research, workshops, or projects undertaken by Project Rangatahi. Which in different cases provide experiential, networking, or finanial benefit such as koha for engaging rangatahi.
Project Rangatahi's business and rangatahi service structure works heavily on the assumptions of kaupapa Māori and values of reciprocity and respect. Therefore, when rangatahi join Project Rangatahi, we ask that our rangatahi make the commitments specified by our collective tikanga to; be wholeheartedly present when they choose to engage within Project Rangatahi kaupapa; to support and reciprocate those who support them including investors and local organisations; to occupy spaces with honesty; and to commit to take space with the intention of developing and growing rather than causing harm. Further committing to their subsequent roles as teina, tuakana, and eventually, as future supporters of the next generation of rangatahi.
In regard to specific opportunities, Project Rangatahi does not require financial commitment or repayment by rangatahi for oppotunities. We simply ask that rangatahi commit some of their time and skills to the future development of next-gen rangatahi, Project Rangatahi, and our core supporters.