Māori youth learn tricks of the trade

By Dean Nathan
  • Northland

Developing the economic growth and success of Māori youth was the purpose of last night's business launch in Whāngarei. The project aims to focus on knowledge and opportunity gaps that hinder the progress of Māori youth.

Business leaders and politicians alike came together to support the launch of Rangatahi Inc.

Inspired youth Lewis Paul is passionate about the project ‘This amazing project will help me achieve my goals and aspirations to become a future leader.’

Ideally this initiative will help develop the resources needed to advance the Māori economy.

Charter teacher from Te Kāpehu Whetū Mr Nathan Mathew said he is proud of his youth’s presentation ‘It's not an easy thing to get up before an audience of this calibre but tonight they did.’

Rangatahi Inc is a business centre for youth. Proceeds from the launch will go towards a trip to New York and Chicago in October. The 20 entrepreneurial youth chosen for the trip will be exposed to one of the world's largest and most dynamic markets.

For Lewis Paul it’s all about ‘Experiencing the world and developing ourselves into Māori leaders of the future.’

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