March 01, 2020
Mayors get tips on mentoring rangatahi Maori
The Mayors’ Taskforce for jobs is keen to extend a mentorship programme which pairs young Māori with mayors.
Along with Wellington City Council, it’s hosting a training workshop this week to give mayors participating in the Tuia programme tools and strategies to develop meaningful relationships with their selected rangatahi.
Taskforce chair and Ōtorohanga Mayor Max Baxter says having positive mentors and support networks enhances the opportunities of rangatahi in employment or training.
As well as working with their local mayor, the selected rangatahi attend five wānanga in different parts of the country to build networks.
They are also expected to undertake a 100-hour community contribution project.
Mr Baxter says the programme has provided him with deeper insight into inter-generational issues, culture values and experiences of young Māori in his district.
This year 40 councils are expected to participate in the programme, which has been running since 2011.
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