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say it takes a Village to raise as child – and our district has a series of
villages and a lot of Children.
a passionate advocate for the youth of our district, I wanted to highlight some
of the excellent achievements and opportunities that some of our young Māori
people are involved with and the wonderful organisations supporting them.
The Youth Programme - “Whakapiri
te oranga o nga uri whakatipu - Embracing the Maori way of life on the Marae
with and for our rangatahi “ led by the
Hakatere Māori Wardens, has nurtured young Māori youth in our district over the
past 12 months. The initiative is all about encouraging and empowering at risk
youth to reconnect with their culture and community. Students have participated
in activities such as learning Māori carving techniques, collection of kai
(through fishing), Kapa Haka and Mau Rakau (traditional martial arts). It’s
been heart-warming watching the change that has occurred in the 30 youth that
undertook the 12-month programme.
programme, a first (and potential template) for New Zealand, couldn’t have
happened without the $30,000 of funding from Te Puni Kokiri (the Ministry of
Māori Development), and the support of Latoya Leef-Graham, Alex McLeod, Weka
Laws-Walker, and Huata Martindale. For more information about the inspiring
work that Māori Wardens do around the country, visit www.tpk.govt.nz and search
important, particularly for young Māori, to have strong role models. People
like Erana Te Moananui. Erana is the former head girl of Mt Hutt College and is
currently studying criminal justice and sociology at the University of
Canterbury. I have been fortunate to build a strong relationship with Erana
through the Tuia mentorship programme. The Tuia Programme is an initiative led
by Local Government New Zealand and the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs to encourage
and nurture leadership skills in Māori youth across the country.
programme lets Erana explore local government and civic leadership, build
strong networks within the district, and participate in community services
projects. It’s also an opportunity for us to learn from one another, an
experience that I have found especially beneficial. From 6 - 9 July, Erana will
be in Rotorua at a hui with the other Tuia Programme participants from around
the country, who she has made great connections with. Erana says being involved
with the programme has been a life changing experience for her and has helped
her learn more about her cultural identity. I am honoured to watch her
leadership skills grow.
College graduate Alyce Lysaght is a local Māori woman stamping her mark on the
world. As the inaugural recipient of the prestigious NBS Alumni scholarship, as
well as a host of other awards, she is now studying a degree in engineering at
the University of Canterbury. With a keen interest in helping to fight climate
change, she is aiming to specialise in Natural Resource Engineering. Alyce is
also immersing herself within the wider academic community, as the first-year
representative on the executive of the Women in Technology Society (WITSOC), a
representative for the Student Volunteer Army, and an InSchools volunteer for
Engineering without Borders. I’ll be following Alyce very closely as she
continues her studies.
of the Ashburton College Rakirua Trophy for the Top All-Round Achievement by a
Māori student in Year 13 Veronica Wall is another incredible young Māori woman
putting Ashburton on the map. The 18-year old is a rowing superstar, having
just set a world record on her way to winning three gold medals at the New
Zealand rowing championships at Lake Karapiro earlier this year. In August she
will be competing for New Zealand at the Junior World Rowing Championships in
the Czech Republic. While it’s her third time competing at the Junior
Championships, it is her first time competing in the singles competition.
Fellow Ashburton rower Mollie Gibson will also be competing for New Zealand at
the regatta in August. The whole district will be cheering Veronica and Mollie
as they go for gold!
Te Moananui, who will talk about her experience in the Tuia programme, and some
representatives of the Rangatahi Wananga programme, will be at Council on
Thursday 28 June. This will give the
community an opportunity to hear more about the great opportunities for youth
in the district, I hope to see you there.