In 2015 Tihou Messenger-Weepu, our Rangatahi Kaihautu was awarded a Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship to work with Rangatahi Māori on the West Coast. This is in partnership with WestREAP and TUIA (a kaupapa that brings passionate young Māori together in a way that promotes growth and development with themselves and their mahi). The goal of was to develop and establish a Rangatahi Māori Leadership Programme on the West Coast. In 2015 a total of five wānanga were held on the West Coast as part of the Rangatahi Māori Leadership Development Programme. These wānanga focussed around building a sense of self-worth and identity as young Māori by exploring what it means to be connected to whakapapa, whenua and community. The aim is to transform the way these young people see themselves and learn how important the decisions we make are who we are meant to be. Wananga continued to held through 2016 and 2017.
Read about what Tihou has been up to on his blog.