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The Champion Rangatahi Development Funding is one of the four key funding actions in the Rangatahi Action Plan. 

Designed by rangatahi.


This fund was designed by TiraRangatahi. We designed the process, developed the tools and made the funding decisions. For us, the main kaupapa in this funding is to empower rangatahi through mana taurite and break down exclusion and lack of rangatahi voice.

Check out the Champion Rangatahi Development Tool we created for this funding initiative.

This is one year funding first up. We want to see how we could develop longer-term partnership relationships with those groups over the following three years.

The 15 organisations we are working with are:-

Carterton Youth Village, Wairarapa: Rangatahi supported by kaiārahi, living in a supported collective whanau-like space and community. They do community projects, goal setting, and life skills and have a youth advisory group to empower their voice in decision-making processes.

EPIC, Central Hawkes Bay: Rangatai youth workers running after-school programmes and events for 11 – 18 year olds as well an in-school strengths-based mentoring and leadership development group for high-school-aged rangatahi.

He Taonga Tāmata, Central Hawkes Bay: A rangatahi-led organisation just starting out (supported under EPIC for this mahi) working to restore the treasures and taonga that lie within Te Ao Māori and helping tamariki to discover themselves on a cultural and spiritual level.

Hawkes Bay Fijian Sports, Heretaunga: A youth-developed initiative focused on life skills rangatahi have identified such as budgeting, mental health, sexual health, cooking skills, employment skills.

Legacy, Te Papa-i-Oea: The New Chapter group under Legacy does a whole lot of things run by rangatahi for rangatahi from events, groups and camps backed up by an awesome team of youth workers supporting rangatahi to grow their leadership skills.

LIFT Youth Employment, Hawkes Bay: Kua Reri Mō te Mahi is a new financial support idea being designed by a rangatahi staff member at LIFT to help rangatahi overcome barriers they face in being employed in meaningful work.

Matapuna Trust’s Student Council, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa: The Matapuna Student Council empowers rangatahi who are not often heard in leadership and decision-making. With their funding, the Student Council has a big list of activities they want to achieve.

TRUTH – Takin’ it to the Streets, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa: A rangatahi led initiative supported under the kaitiakitanga of Mauria te Pono Trust encouraging rangatira mō apōpō to be the initiators of change.

Pokaiwhenua Pokaimoana Trust, Heretaunga: A new initiative, He piko o te mahuri provides taiao connection for rangatahi and is co-designed with rangatahi. Activities include diving, eeling, hangi pūrākaui and connection to Te Ao Māori.

Rangatahi to Rangatira, Carterton: Rangatahi-by-rangatahi initiatives linked to leadership, connection, identity and wellbeing which grow out of ongoing weekly programme of Rangatahi to Rangatira.

Rezpect, Hawkes Bay: By rangatahi/ for rangatahi community outreach programmes and social enterprise activities developing a group of young leaders to lead other rangatahi across Rezpect’s workstreams.

Tai Collective, Te Papa-i-Oea/ Manawatu: TaiManawa is a project supporting rangatahi to manage a creative design business and deliver work for clients through co-designed and developed kaupapa-based innovation solutions.

Tararua Community Youth Services, Tararua: Their project is to strengthen ‘by young man-for young man’ support at Tararua Community Youth Services which provides loads of rangatahi development support in their rohe.

Te Kura-a-Wao, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa: Ki te taiao programmes where rangatahi to experience their whakapapa, whenua, maunga, awa and taiao in a safe environment.

Toi Matarua, Ngāti Kahungunu rohe: E Tipu, E Rea, Maara Kai is a new rangatahi led initiative connecting urban rangatahi Māori with their whakapapa and culture in the Ngāti Kahungunu rohe.