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Taupō 2022

The 4th regional Annual Māori Youth Leadership Summit “He Rangatahi He Anamata” (HRHA) was held on Tuesday 23rd August 2022 at the Great Lake Centre in Taupo. The purpose of this initiative was to build our next generation of leaders in the Bay of Plenty by providing a quality platform to explore leadership, pathways, innovation, and enterprise ensuring a sustainable future for our region.  This year’s theme was framed around ‘Harnessing our Tools to Navigate Te Ao Hurihuri’. 

Year 11, 12 and 13 rangatahi Māori from 8 schools across the Bay of Plenty ascended to Taupo to be exposed to guest speakers who shared their inspiring journeys and the opportunity to participate in interactive kaupapa Māori ‘Design Thinking’ wānanga covering 3 key topics: Life Skills, Leadership and Wellness. 

Providing opportunities for rangatahi to succeed in becoming naturally attuned with their own talents and abilities is a core objective for our Toi Kai Rawa Team and would not have been possible without the support of our strategic partners Te Puni Kōkiri. Encouraging collaboration and building meaningful pathways by engaging in important discussions, building solutions and networks was the propitious outcome from this year’s summit. 

Rangatahi participated  in facilitated workshops on leadership, innovation, critical thinking and learned about the design thinking methodology through a kaupapa Māori lens. Participants also heard from Inspirational guest speakers including NZ Māori Media Awards Winner for 3 consecutive years for Best Rangatahi Program Miss Kihi Native Diva and Integrated Operations Launch Engineer for Rocket Lab, Mr Moresby Kainuku. 

  • Moresby Kainuku
    Rocket Labs Integrated Launch Engineer, Moresby Kainuku gave the opening speech sharing his story of overcoming adversity to become the first Māori to ever launch a rocket into space. As one of few Māori in the commercial aerospace Industry, Moresby is passionate about working to expose Māori & Pasifika communities to the incredible opportunities available in these unique fields.

  • Miss Kihi "Native Diva"
    Known for her comedic acting roles in many sketch comedies, dramas, and the latest short film on TV THREE “Toke” with Lucy Lawless and Troy Kingi. NZ MĀORI MEDIA AWARDS WINNER - Three consecutive years for Best Rangatahi Program.  She’s an entrepreneur, MC, TV Host, Entertainer, Comedian, Motivator, Social Influencer, and youth mentor.  Her purpose- “To host the feeling!”

  • Delani Brown
    A Master in the Art of Carving whakairo. Delani has made a name for himself through his powerful interpretation of Māori stories and traditions, his carvings are religious acts in themselves, and they carry a universal message. 
Taupō 2022