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Champion Youth Development Organisation Funding

For TiraRangatahi, the main kaupapa in this funding is to empower rangatahi through mana taurite and breaking down exclusion and lack of rangatahi voice. Our Champion Rangatahi Development Tool is about the things we think need to be in a rangatahi organisation to be the best for rangatahi. 

In our first year in 2022, there were

  • Over 250 rangatahi led projects, events and mahi run
  • Over 9,000 rangatahi participating in programmes, events or activities


There is good evidence that the Champions Fund is contributing towards the outcomes set by TiraRangatahi” Centre for Social Impact

Many of the organisations strengthened things like whai wahitanga through their Champion funding. We also funded SCOPE youth development reviews for many of the Champion organisations.

We are now in our next phase where we are working with six youth organisations as our pouārahi; Our pou that drives change.

We have seven pouārahi:

Carterton Youth Village, Wairarapa

Carterton Village Charitable Trust provides a wrap-around, caring ‘home’ environment to rebuild self-esteem and self-reliance as rangatahi move into adulthood.

EPIC, Central Hawkes Bay

Epic runs many different youth programmes and leadership development opportunities and mentoring for and by rangatahi.

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. 

Pokaiwhenua Pokaimoana Trust, Heretaunga

Pokaiwhenua Pokaimoana strengthens the wellbeing of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau through connection to te taiao.

Rezpect, Hawkes Bay

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

Tararua Community Youth Services, Tararua

Tararua Community Youth Services provides loads of rangatahi development support in their rohe and our support  is focused on ‘guy for guys’ mentoring and activities.

TRUTH – Takin’ it to the Streets with Mauria Te Pono, 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. 

We also support Te Kura-a-Wao, Tūranga-nui-a-Kiwa who run te taiao programmes where rangatahi to experience their whakapapa, whenua, maunga, awa and taiao in a safe environment.