Thriving Rangatahi

The Bay of Plenty region has a dynamic youthful population with circa 44% of all the young people in the region being Māori. Growth projections show that by 2030 Māori and Pacifika will make up 30% of the workforce age population and is expected to increase to 50% by 2050. 

Investing in our rangatahi is critical to building thriving communities. Rangatahi Ora is our Rangatahi Māori priority workstream that focusses on connecting rangatahi Māori to quality initiatives that exist in their region and building fit for purpose initiatives to the gaps.

Our Focus:

  • Deploy the He Rangatahi He Anamata Long Term Māori Youth Strategy action plan across the wider BOP
  • Navigate and connect Māori, Industry and government to realise potential
  • Build fit for purpose projects that cater to the gaps in our region
  • Build a network of Young Māori leaders across the wider BOP
  • Strengthen pathways for rangatahi into high value education, training and employment opportunities


with more than 2,000 rangatahi
with 28 of 39 secondary schools in the wider BOP


Collaboration with more than 30 organizations


formation of a Rangatahi Māori advisory group
contributed to the Regional labour market strategy


Delivered more than 12 projects delivered in the rangatahi space

Our Projects

Our Partners

Arataki Systems
Bay of Plenty Regional Council
Kia Mau
Kiwi Leaders
Ministry of Education
Ministry of Youth Development
Te Whare Wānanga o Awanuiārangi
The University of Waikato