Te Ara Raukura builds on success

Te Ara Ruakura students outside Rehua Marae in Christchurch

In its second year, Te Ara Ruakura, is building momentum, enhancing the leadership capability of just under 140 young Māori, and supporting tauira and whānau to build stronger connections to culture, language and identity.

Te Ara Ruakura is a partnership between Te Ngāi Tūāhuriri, Te Tapuae o Rēhua, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu with seven secondary schools in Eastern Christchurch.

Lynne Te Aika, General Manager – Te Taumatua, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, points out that the programme was developed as part of the on-going need to repair the negative impacts of the Christchurch earthquakes on young Māori achieving educational success.

“We saw the effects the earthquakes were having on rangatahi in the eastern suburb schools and saw this programme as an opportunity to provide rangatahi with leadership and cultural learning,” says Lynne.

Last year saw 70 Year 9 and 10 rangatahi complete the Te Ara Raukura programme.

Raniera Dallas, Programme MC, says that the success of the programme was obvious and powerful. So we thought the best thing to do was to build on that success.

“Instead of the programme being a one-off programme, we brought the rangatahi back and gave them the opportunity to expand their potential through a new stream called Manukura,” says Raniera.

Manukura gives rangatahi the opportunity to come back together again, re-engage in the core principles of Māori leadership and to focus on their own individual learning and life goals. Being a part of Manukura gives senior rangatahi the opportunity to create action plans for how they can achieve their goals and support each other  to achieve.

The results and impacts are growing. Te Ara Raukura reaffirms Ngāi Tahu values while creating pathways for young Māori to achieve. Not only have the 70 rangatahi from last year come back for Manukura, another 70 have just undertaken the original Te Ara Raukura programme.

“Like last year, these 70 come together for a three-day leadership noho where they learnt about local history, local traditions, Māori sport and culture and look at how they can be leaders in their community,” says Raniera.

In their second year, the Manukura rangatahi are creating their own pathways to leadership. They undertake activities, engage in critical self-reflection, and learn Māori ways to lead in a modern world.

Both Te Ara Raukura and Manukura programmes aim to create environments wherein rangatahi are accountable to each other, share their learning’s, share their successes combat challenges together, and help each other to reach their goals and aspirations

During the poroporoaki the rangatahi commented on their experiences of being part of Te Ara Raukura during 2017 “something I learnt was in order to lead other people you first have to look after yourself and be passionate about your dreams,” said one of the students.

While another rangatahi said “being part of Te Ara Raukura you get to know new people, and what I learned was if you never fail then you’ve never tried”.

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