Māori are a youthful population. Half of the 744,800 Māori in New Zealand are under the age of 24.6 years old. This vibrant and creative population has the potential to bring great change to Aotearoa. On the 7th of December, Te Rau Matatini rangatahi team, Ngā Uri Whakatipu, facilitated a hui with rangatahi Māori from around the motu to discuss the potential positive impacts of a Māori National Rangatahi Council, particularly in improving Māori health outcomes of Māori youth. The rangatahi who participated not only shared their ideas but also the work they are already doing for other rangatahi and whānau in their communities.
Included among the rangatahi was Kahurangi Ross-Hoskins, who is this year’s Bob Henare Award recipient. Congratulations Kahurangi!
This is on-going Te Rau Matatini mahi, so watch this space.