Te Taiohitoa o Te Awe – Young Champions

What is Te Taiohitoa o Te Awe?

Driven by the Te Awe Maori Business Network, the programme is primarily supported by local employers/business and local/central government organisations in supporting the development of our Maori rangatahi engaged in secondary school from Year 11 - 13. There are two key components to the programme:

Component 1: Mentorship with Maori business/ employers in the wellington region for up to 6 months. Selected students will go through a screening, recruitment and selection process that will identify rangatahi areas of interest and match them to available mentors. The time commitment is one whole day per month with the employer who will offer advice, guidance in shaping their career choices and options.  

Component 2: Whanau hui engagement. An opportunity to connect with whanau, mentors and mentees in equipping and supporting our rangatahi with the tools to support them in achieving their career aspirations.

Who is involved in the initiative?

Te Awe Maori Business Network has finalised selection for mentorships for 2013 with taiohi engaged in the workplace across a broad range of industries from hospitality, fashion design, early childhood education, public relations / media, politics, human rights, law, sport and recreation.   

We wish to acknowledge the support of the following businesses/organisations for their time and commitment this year:

  • Manaaki Management Limited – Paul and Keri Retimanu
  • MSO Design – Mark Whitcliffe & Team
  • Rydges Hotel – Chad Johnson and Simon Whyte
  • Wellington City Councillor – Paul Eagle
  • The Maori Party Caucus – Lisa Turia
  • The Human Rights Commission – Moana Eruera
  • The Wellington Rugby Football Union – Rick Whatarau 
  • Maia Wikaira / Horiana Irwin-Easthope – Kahui Legal
  • Nga Puna Reo – Whaea Erin
  • MiroModa Fashion – Ata Kanawa 

We also acknowledge our secondary schools for participating and supporting the programme in 2013 – Wellington Girls College, Wellington East Girls, St Bernards (Hutt), Wellington High School, Queen Margaret College.  

Interested to participate in 2014?

If you are interested in being a mentor and/ or mentee (taiohi) for the 2014 programme yiu can register your interest by emailing Mel at mel@portnicholson.org.nz