Topic: Youth

Waikato-Tainui holds Rangatahi Summit in Auckland

By Harata Brown
  • Auckland

For the first time the youth of Waikato-Tainui have gathered in Auckland to take part in the tribe's biennial Rangatahi Summit.

For many living in urban settings, it's a time for them to reconnect and learn the history of the Kingitanga.

Sheryl Rangi travelled all the way from Sydney to Te Puea Marae. She says, "It means a lot to me actually, it's pretty staunch in the whānau and I'd like to carry that on with my tamariki that weren't born here in Aotearoa.”

Around 80 people have registered for the Waikato-Tainui Rangatahi Summit where they will learn, network and brainstorm around making positive changes for the tribe.

Rewiri Waaka says, “To be able to take it all in, all the histories pertaining to the King Movement, and to learn from other youth. That's what is important to me.”

For young Tuakau locals, they say the summit gives them a sense of belonging. Mangakahia Thompson says, "Hui was saying to be able to walk on to any marae with pride and a sense of belonging to be just more aware I guess."

Over the next two days participants will have the opportunity to learn about Waikato-Tainui interests in Auckland and document their learning through video productions.  

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