Mana Rangatahi

Nau mai haere mai, welcome aboard the Mana Rangatahi waka, a youth leadership waka of 18 - 24 year olds who are wanting to accelerate their success towards their chosen pathways by designing their personal brand.

We are excited to announce registrations for the 2022 intake is now open.

To help you learn more about what we do, you can either click on the links below to watch who, what and how Mana Rangatahi works or continue reading in the details following, including registrations to join.

Click here to watch and listen in on the introductory session on who and what Mana Rangatahi is.
Click here to meet our "Awhi" App team who provide a self-service platform and network supporting emotional wellbeing for our rangatahi (they're super cool).

Links to register interest are below and are open to both youth, and youth agencies and training providers.

- Youth registrations, please click here to register your interest.
- Youth organisation or training providers, please click here

Why people love Mana Rangatahi?

Who we are and what we do are best described by what it means for our youth, rangatahi. Click on the names of two of our esteemed youth, rangatahi graduates who share their personal journeys on what Mana Rangatahi has meant for them and what they mean to us too. Introducing Mokoia Rata and Mitchell Porter-Thomas

What is our unique foundation?

Mana Rangatahi (MR) is a youth programme (aged 18-24yrs) developed in January 2020 by Heidi Renata, Co-founder and CEO of INNOV8HQ based on frameworks adapted from Mātauranga Māori.

MR is a youth leadership programme that focuses on building your personal brand and designing pathways that best align with your personality and capability.

The foundation element of the MR programme is the Ko wai au? | Who am I? framework. This deep process enables participants to unlock their cultural identity, fears, innate ambitions and natural capabilities as they consider future pathways. The programme enables participants to identify and co-design their personal brand/identity, alongside contribution from their peers to pursue one of four pathways, including:
- Being your Own Boss - Entrepreneurship-self-employment
- Being Career ready - employment preparation/ job placement
- Being curious to learn more, up-skill - explores further education and training.
- Being a great Youth Leader and Ambassador

INNOV8HQ's network of Mana Rangatahi has an ambition to become a national role model for rangatahi success outcomes, inspired by collaborative relationships and initiatives.

Since it launched in 2020, despite the COVID disruption, we have supported over 135 rangatahi to progress to their desired pathways. This includes a growing alumni and network of tuakana, youth leaders and ambassadors with the support of our partnerships with esteemed community organisations and business leaders around Aotearoa and the world.

How is it delivered?

Program facilitation in micro sessions both in person and online, based on being exposed to real world experiences. We introduce and immerse the participants in real workplace and business experiences, this includes community projects, initiatives and events with local leaders and ambassadors. We are delighted to provide all participants of our programme with the new Mana Rangatahi Kete app, that is a digital handbook and resource that you can use and keep (free) for life.

An integral part of the success of Mana Rangatahi for leadership development is based on applying a tuakana-teina (older sibling - younger sibling) teacher/learning model designed by youth for youth.

This has driven the desire to co-design a community event themed Journeys of Influence, where our rangatahi, youth can gain exposure to peers and intergenerational leaders doing inspiring mahi, work.

Our Community Partnerships for Programme Delivery.

We are delighted to have partnered with Transition to Work Trust to extend our reach to youth throughout the Otago region in 2022 and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about our programmes please feel free to email: [email protected] or call us on 03 399 2222 or click here

Or for a downloadable brochure, click here

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