Te Whakawhanake i ngā Rangatahi hei Kaiārahi

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: Rāhina, 20 Pipiri, 2022 | Monday, 20 June 2022

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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Art as a tool for growth

  • Date: 14 July 2022

Kākano Youth Arts Collective is creating a safe space for vulnerable West Auckland youth to create art and gain valuable life skills and work experience.

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Rangatahi Manawaroa

  • Date: 07 July 2022

Rangatahi Manawaroa (formerly the Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund) has been renamed to better reflect the range of community initiatives contributing to improving rangatahi well-being and resilience that are funded.

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Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships support leads to success

  • Date: 08 June 2022

Two kaitono supported through the Te Puni Kōkiri Cadetships fund have won big at the annual Human Resources New Zealand (HRNZ) awards in Auckland.

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Rangatahi working to practice and inform youth work in Aotearoa

  • Date: 28 April 2022

For a group of six rangatahi Māori and Pasifika, 2021 was a year of personal growth, where they trained in their chosen career field and had the opportunity to inform how youth work will be carried out in Aotearoa for generations to come.

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Cadetships: Supporting forestry workers back into the ngahere

  • Date: 28 February 2022

Gisborne contractors Gavin and Chrystal Edmonds are helping forestry workers not only recover from drug addictions, but they're also supporting them back into work.

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Waikato land owners have big dreams for their whenua Māori

  • Date: 15 December 2021

Nestled in the Waikato foothills of Waitetuna, sits Aramiro Ahu Whenua Trust, who are looking to develop their ancestral lands into an agricultural enterprise in the hopes to own their supply chain.

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