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Te Mata Rangatira win national award

Te Mata Rangatira win national award

25 October 2018

Forward-thinking rangatahi leadership group Te Mata Rangatira (TMR), received the national Public Health AssociationTu Rangatira Mo Te Ora Awardon October 11 for exemplary commitment.

A representative group of 21 whānau from Hauraki attended the Parnell, Auckland ceremony as support. 

The award is given annually to those who have shown exemplary commitment to making a difference locally, regionally and nationally.

Nominated by TCDC Councillor Sally Christie and Former Green MP Catherine Delahunty, the award was recognition for Te Mata Rangatira’s focus on empowering rangatahi leadership and action.  

President of the Public Health Association of New Zealand Lee Tutuki Te Wharau says Te Mata Rangatira’s work was meaningful, successful and unique in challenging rangatahi to be initiators of activities inspiring other young people and the communities around them.

"You have been an instrument of change, and an inspiration or others to continue contributing to the future of rangatahi and their whānau,” she said

She acknowledged and praised TMR’s work, which included developing and sustaining the Hauraki Rangatahi Summit in August this year;  bringing whakapapa into the 21st Century and creating whakapapa trails in their local maunga; developing and launching ‘Ko Koe’ -  an anti-bullying campaign and working with organisations nationally to change their approach and perspective on rangatahi potential. 

Te Korowai Hauora o Hauraki Iwi Health Promoters and TMR co-facilitators Frank Thorne and Carrie Taipari-Thorne say the award and the group’s acknowledgement is evidence of a philosophy they work by, ‘mahia te mahia’ - do what needs to be done, and reap the collective rewards.

“If anything, it has reminded them of their potential and has simply inspired them to think bigger and work harder for their community.”

 

 

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