Te Kāhui Ururoa – National Rangatahi Council

Promoting strong authentic rangatahi voice, leadership and connectivity, to build resilience against rangatahi self-harm and suicide in New Zealand.

Our Purpose

To provide strong local, regional, and national rangatahi voice for the solutions and strategies needed to build resilience among rangatahi, parents, and their whanau to prevent suicide and respond appropriately.

Background

Māori is a youthful population compared to non- Māori.  Yet Rangatahi Māori self harm rates and loss through suicide is much higher than their non-Māori peers.   While there are many positive initiatives in our communities, programmes are often isolated and disconnected from the realities of rangatahi.

Te Kahui Ururoa is the name gifted to the National Youth Council, it can be translated as a ‘gathering or meeting place for a colony of sharks. The Hammerhead shark is revered for its fighting spirit, buoyancy that is, ‘to give it your all in everything you do, and to never give up’.  

Te Kahui Ururoa – National Rangatahi Council Members:

  • Cairo Smith  - Hawkes Bay (Ngati Kahungunu)
  • Charlizza Harris – Wellington (Ngati Kahungunu, Ngati Porou, Ngapuhi)
  • Ezekiel Tamaana Raui – Auckland – Northland (Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngā Kuki Airani)
  • Mauriora Tawaroa-Takiari – Wellington (Te Ati Haunui-a-paparangi, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngāpuhi)
  • Quincy Meihana (Hawea) – Whānganui (Nga wairiki Ngati Apa, Morehu, Tuwharetoa, Raukawa and Ngati Manawa)
  • Tyrin Hamuera Te Ringitanga Tutaki – Dunedin (Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Waikato engari kei te whenua haumako o Ngāi Tahu tōku kāinga waewae)
  • Shanayla Haehaetu Barrett – Rotorua (Te Arawa; Ngati Whakaue)