The Inaugural He Rangatahi He Anamata Leadership Summit took place at the ASB Stadium Lounge in Tauranga Moana on the 27th and 28th of February 2018.
The event was delivered in partnership between He Mauri Ohooho, Priority One’s Instep and Kiwi Leaders.
Over 100 students registered for the two day Leadership Summit and participated in workshops that promoted critical thinking, leadership, team work and innovation. Rangatahi heard from a range of high calibre inspirational speakers working across the international entrepreneurial, iwi development and Māori enterprise spaces.
Guest speakers included Minister for Maori development Hon Nanaia Mahuta and Minister for Youth and Whanau Ora, Hon Peeni Henare who shared their experiences about leadership and serving our people in the political realm. We also heard from International speaker, Yoseph Ayele who was born in Ethiopia and is the Chief Executive Officer of The Edmond Hillary Fellowship, an organisation that is building an eco-system of visionary entrepreneurs to solve complex global problems from New Zealand (NZ).
Our local speakers included Vincent and Luke Egan of Ngāruahine, Ngāti Ruanui and Ngāti Tu descent and Stacey Mareroa of Ngāti Ranginui, Ngāti Awa, Te Whakatohea and Te Rarawa whakapapa.
The Egan brothers shared their story of their Company Māui Studios Aotearoa Ltd including the inception of the idea and the team behind the scenes. They are passionate about bringing stories of Māori culture to young people in an accessible way. Vincent’s focus is to breathe contemporary life into how Māori stories can be told while Luke continues to focus on how to encourage young people to learn and use Te Reo Māori. Their key message to rangatahi was to follow their passion.
Stacey Mareroa’s presentation was named ‘Inspire me, I dare you!’ Stacey is an entrepreneur, commercial lawyer, qualified olympic weightlifting New Zealand referee, accountability coach and creative director for Born Lifting. Stacey shared with the audience a blueprint she believes arms rangatahi to become successful in their chosen path. She ended by challenging rangatahi to find and own their voice and to share their unique story with the world. The Leadership Summit 2018 set out to inspire and empower rangatahi and connect them to the multitude of opportunities and support networks that exist in our region.