Rangatahi Leadership and Development

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

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.

Pae Aronui

Improving education, training and employment outcomes for rangatahi Māori aged 15-24 years that are NEET and/or at risk of becoming NEET.


Taiohi Ararau

Taiohi Ararau - Passport to Life supports young Māori on their pathway to training and employment by helping them get essential documents.



The Cadetships programme supports employers to develop, mentor, train and grow full-time permanent Māori staff.


Rangatahi Suicide Prevention

Māori suicide rates are high in Aotearoa. To reduce Māori suicide Te Puni Kōkiri partners with other agencies, expert groups and community organisations.


Events and Updates

Latest events and updates for this section are listed below.

  • High-tech industrial futures for Māori Cadetship leaders

    • Date: 13 August 2021

    Gisborne’s Pultron Composites is an industrial technology firm and exporter, which has found Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships to be a ‘game changer’ for business growth.

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  • Working their way to the top with Cadetships

    • Date: 01 June 2021

    In a smoko room in Hawkes Bay hang a series of framed staff achievements. Plenty more certificates have been proudly added to the walls of this Māori owned contracting firm in the past year, due to the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships programme.

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  • KiwiRail’s leadership programme just the ticket for kaimahi Māori

    • Date: 14 May 2021

    A Māori leadership course run by KiwiRail is just the ticket for both the company and its employees. It’s so successful that it has been fast tracked to become KiwiRail’s number one development programme.

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  • Te Hononga: Connecting NZ Post’s Māori leaders through Cadetships

    • Date: 21 April 2021

    NZ Post is known for connecting people with what they care about. But it’s also connecting Māori staff with their full potential thanks to a partnership with Te Puni Kōkiri.  

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  • Te taiao (nature) inspires young Ngāti Toa hearts and minds

    • Date: 30 March 2021

    Porirua rangatahi are sitting in a class clapping each other’s achievements – one has passed their license, another’s in final year nursing, a 15-year-old’s returning to college and someone else is off to polytech.

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