Our young people are the leaders of tomorrow, and Te Puni Kōkiri is committed to supporting rangatahi Māori to reach their full potential.

Last updated: Friday, 1 September 2023 | Rāmere, 01 Mahuru, 2023

Investing in our future leaders

We are teaming up with whānau, community leaders, providers, other government agencies community leaders and employers all over the country to assist our young people on a pathway to further education, training and employment.

Check out the links below to learn more about the mahi we do with rangatahi throughout Aotearoa.




Te Puni Kōkiri’s Cadetships programme was established in 2010 to support kaitono (employers) to develop, mentor and train their permanent Māori staff at all career stages into higher-skilled roles.

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Pae Aronui

Pae Aronui is an initiative to improve education, training and employment outcomes for rangatahi Māori.

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Rangatahi Manawaroa

Te Puni Kōkiri supports community initiatives delivered in a Te Ao Māori setting to rangatahi Māori which aim to impart knowledge, experiences, and skills to help rangatahi build resilience, wellbeing and leadership capability.

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Taiohi Ararau – Passport to Life

Taiohi Ararau – Passport to Life supports young Māori on their pathway to training and employment by helping them get essential documents like their driver’s licence and IRD number.

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Māori Cadetships inspiring leadership in digital technology

  • Date: 22 May 2024

Te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tipu o te rākau

As the shoot is nurtured, so shall it grow. 

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Downer degree graduates Te Puni Kōkiri cadets

  • Date: 19 March 2024

Downer graduates from Otago Polytechnic – Te Pūkenga, brought colour and life to the streets of central Dunedin on their graduation day on 15 March 2024.

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Whenua Māori: Landowners come together in Waihōpai

  • Date: 02 February 2024

Our regional advisors in the Whenua Māori Service support Māori landowners all over Aotearoa to develop their whenua.

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Cadetships: Helping improve job satisfaction and business performance

  • Date: 16 January 2024

“The people are what I love most about this job”, said Dre Davis, Downer apprentice water serviceman and cadet, when he was asked about his role and his placement as a cadet through the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetship Programme.

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Poipoia te kākano: Cadetships unearth potential of budding Māori entrepreneurs

  • Date: 28 November 2023

The Cadetship programme provides a proven avenue for Māori of all ages to gain skills and to progress into higher paid, more senior roles.

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Building economic capacity with the Māori Cadetship Programme

  • Date: 22 November 2023

Te Puni Kōkiri Māori Cadetship Programme contributes to thriving, innovative and resilient businesses and is supporting the economic recovery, post COVID-19 pandemic.

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