New rangatahi initiative launched in Blenheim today

A new rangatahi initiative is being launched today in Blenheim by the Minister for Whānau Ora, Te Ururoa Flavell.

The initiative has been established in the hope that it will encourage young people to retain their interest in learning and further their education. 

Tiramarama Mai, developed by local Māori social service provider, Maata Waka ki te Tau Ihu, is designed to help rangatahi realise their full potential through staying in education.

It is just one of a number of initiatives funded by the South Island Whānau Ora Commissioning agency, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu to deliver whānau driven outcomes for Māori.

The Chairperson of Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, Norm Dewes says “Tiramarama Mai is a perfect model for addressing the specific language, culture and identity needs of young Māori. We know these are all critical factors in building the strength of whānau.  One interpretation of ‘tiramarama mai’ is shining brightly.  It is a message we would like all of our rangatahi to take to heart.   If we can engage rangatahi at this stage we are laying a strong foundation and growing the leadership that will empower future generations.”

There are currently twelve youth enrolled in the programme.