Sustainable Hauraki theme for third Rangatahi Summit

Sustainable Hauraki theme for third Rangatahi Summit

6 August 2018

A proactive and inspirational 13-year-old promoting a voice for youth is one of the guest speakers at the third Hauraki Rangatahi (Youth) Summit in Ngātea on August 8.

With the summit’s aim to get more young people involved in their community, Waikamania Seve, who has already completed a TEDX Talk on Growing Science by Letting Children Play and was a contestant in Tai Tokerau Ngā Manu Kōrero national speech contest – will provide more than enough positivity and inspiration to champion its cause. 

This year’s summit will feature a series of workshops and presentations with the theme Creating a Sustainable Hauraki.

The summit is the brainchild of forward thinking Hauraki rangatahi leadership development group Te Mata Rangatira (TMR), formed after representatives of TMR attended the World Indignenous Suicide Prevention Conference at Rotorua in 2016. 

“We walked away from that with the idea that we wanted to develop something that would see a whole raft of people participating and contributing and adding a Hauraki flavour to it,” TMR member Josh Gill says. 

“We wanted to be able to provide a similar experience and a way of coming together in Hauraki, by Hauraki, for Hauraki.” 

TMR walks the talk, with projects such as the Rangatahi Summit helping them to unleash the potential of their fellow rangatahi, giving them the confidence and mana to enhance their own leadership abilities. 

“It’s about rangatahi being able to determine their own futures and not have others do it for them,” TMR member Alex Pere says.  

TMR look to their own tupuna (ancestors) for guidance and then add “Tupuna Infused Modern Swag” to bring it into the modern day. 

“We look at their mahi and how they handled it and then put a flavour to it that is more modern so we can handle it, find solutions and do it with swag,”  TMR facilitator Carrie Taipari-Thorne says. 

And while the first two summits were more about inspiring rangatahi and bringing them together through inspirational kaupapa, this year the gauntlet has been laid and the challenge set for all rangatahi to become advocates for sustainability. 

“We’re challenging the schools to adopt a sustainable environmental practice and to advocate for that inside their kura and community,” Josh says.  

TMR members will follow up with a visit to the respective kura over summer to monitor how they have implemented their plans. 

Over 150 students and teachers from around Hauraki attended last year’s summit.  

The feedback was so positive that the TMR concept has since been implemented into three colleges, with another still undergoing that transition, while a mini version of TMR has also been applied to a primary school.  

“There has been lots of enthusiasm from schools who enjoyed being in the summit and want to see them grow,  TMR facilitator Frank Thorne says. 

Joining Waikamania as guest speakers aretangata whenua Pauline Clarkin and Maree Tukukino, who will talk about holistic connections and responsibilities to the whenua (land) and taiao (environment) of Hauraki.

Workshops include:  

· Te Mata Rangatira -Recycling and Upcycling and Waka Culture. 

· Ahikaaroa Trust Heeni Shortland and Reuben Taipari showcase a Māori whānau that lives and breathes sustainability . 

· Digital Navigators  Moka Apiti using drone technology as a means to continue and maintain customary understandings of, and connections to, traditional landscapes. 

· Seacleaners – Hayden Smith will talk about Seacleaners’ efforts to protect our moana 

· Jamie Watson– Sustaining knowledge and practice of identifying, preparing and eating traditional foods. 

· Maylah Howells– Workshop on bee wraps and recycling plastics for dresses and outfits 

· Parakore  Jacqui Forbes - Implementing Zero Waste in to schools, marae and organisations throughout Aotearoa 

· Rangatahi  Rangatira Nathan Waiatai & John Kīngi  Atua Matua sustaining understandings of whakapapa and pūrākau (tradition stories) through tākaro (games) and physical activity 

· Tīrama Foundation Waimihi Hotere  Rangatahi voice through drama and theatre 

The 2018 Hauraki Rangatahi Summit will be held in the Ngātea Memorial Hall on August 8. For more information on Te Mata Rangatira, go to their website and Facebook: Te Mata Rangatira  

Registration enquiries - Frank Thorne, 027 4634 873 -


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