Rangatahi Project update

Eastern & Central Community Trust’s regional rangatahi rōpū wrapped up its second wānanga at Napier’s Pukemokimoki Marae earlier this month. The rōpū continued to develop the Rangatahi Action Plan, which will guide funding to young people.

The rōpū brainstormed ideas based on the thoughts and ideas they have heard from rangatahi in their communities. They mapped out what they want to do in their communities to connect back in with rangatahi in the New Year, before they meet again in March.

During the wananga, the group visited Lift Business to hear from their own rōpū member, Reef Rangihuna Liddington (retail assistant) and Lift Business coordinator, Moana Hamilton-Neville about their work supporting rangatahi to achieve sustainable and fulfilling employment, and developing their own businesses.

Youth workers Jeanne O’Brien, from Tararua Youth Services, and Stacey Tito, from Ara Taioh’s Korowai Tupu Kaiārahi and Directions Youth Centre, also spoke to the group about working with young people.

Rōpū member, Mirianna Munford from Woodville, says the connections she’s made through the wananga has made her feel less alone in terms of her youth group.

“In my community there is not a lot for youth, but when you get together with like-minded people in our rōpū who understand it, I feel I can go home grounded.”

Meanwhile, rōpū member, Reef Rangihuna Liddington, of Hawke’s Bay, says the wananga was great and he learnt a lot of ECCT and others in the group.

“We plan to connect more with young people in our own communities, “Reef says.

“Heaps of our communities have similarities in what support is needed for young people. We are all looking forward to getting back together at the end of March to work out the priorities and make stuff happen for our young people.”

In February and March 2021, the rōpū will be out and about across the ECCT region, chatting to rangatahi to get their thoughts and ideas to feedback at their third wānanga in March. If you have a group of rangatahi you think would be keen to korero with the rōpū, please let us know and we can connect with them. You can email [email protected] or phone 0800 878 720 for more information.