Taiohi Morehu Rangatahi Group

This talented group of rangatahi performers are part of a community project in the Hutt Valley that aims:

  • to foster young Maori leaders as catalysts to positively influence behaviour within their whanau and communities,
  • to build resiliency through strengthening cultural assets and connecting participants with Te Ao Maori concepts based on
    • whanaungataunga (making connections)
    • whakapono (faith)
    • tumanako
    • whakatika
    • awhi mai (giving)
    • awhi atu (receiving)
  • to find a pathway to look into young Maori people’s potential capabilities.

The group has received the following awards in the last twelve months, as well as many others:

  • the Human Rights Commission Award for contributing to addressing family violence
  • the Wellington Safer Communities Airport Award for contribution to youth development
  • Individual awards for outstanding leadership from Hutt City and Upper Hutt communities.

These rangatahi are going to present a live dramatic performance at the informal beginning of our conference on Thursday 9th February at 5.30. They will delineate ideas that are important to Maori and to us all, sharing some of their cultural knowledge and stories that aim to enhance people’s health and wellbeing.