The Manurewa Marae youth group who established the marae-based initiative "Taiohi Whai Oranga" won a national youth award last night at a ceremony in Wellington.
The award acknowledges youth leaders and the work they do within their communities.
General Manager of Taiohi Whai Oranga, Deidre Otene says, "My team and I feel really privileged to be receiving this award tonight. It means that the work we’re doing in Manurewa is being recognised for being game changing and meaningful to young people.
This award is a reflection of not just us, but all the people we represent, our ancestors and our tūpuna. This is about all of us, and I’m so blessed to be able to receive this on their behalf too.”
The initiative offers one-to-one support for rangatahi, involvement in education, hauora and youth leadership programmes. Taiohi Whai Oranga also helps young people develop values, rangatiratanga, identity and self-awareness.
“Our ‘Limitless Leadership Group’ has a key ambition to create inter-generational change. The programme does this and the recognition of this model of Youth Development in a marae setting is the key to the Taiohi Whai Oranga success to date,” Otene adds.
These young leaders are also finalists for the "I Am Auckland" Awards which will be held this coming Friday 29 May.
[Thanks to Manurewa Marae for the photos. From Front L to R: Limitless Leadership -Tiahomai Henare-Heke, Waimatangi Hotere, MP Marama Fox, Kuini Tereva, MP Nanaia Mahuta, Mahaani Maiava.
Back L to R: MP Peeni Henare, Taiohi Whai Oranga kaimahi - James Perry, Deidre Otene, Were Maiava, K'leb Matene (Limitless Leadership), Kahurangi Taylor]