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Māori MPs to Front Up for Māori Youth at Education Summit

Māori MP’s to front up for Māori youth at education summit

Orakei Marae is set to host a political panel of local Māori MPs who will face questions from Ngāti Whātua rangatahi.

“To secure our future leaders, we are exposing our rangatahi to as many opportunities as possible. The political panel will give them an opportunity to ask the hard questions and help them make informed choices for the upcoming election.” says Antony Thompson from Te Rūnanga o Ngāti Whātua.

The panel will see Labour’s Peeni Henare, Marama Davidson for the Greens, Tasha Hohaia representing the Māori Party and Mika for the Opportunities Party present their election policies to around 100 Māori high school students from Auckland and Northland.

Te Rūnanga O Ngāti Whātua, Whai Maia Orakei and AUT are partnering once again to bring the Ngāti Whātua Tertiary Summit to Auckland. The event is in its third year, and was developed to promote higher education to Ngāti Whātua rangatahi.

“It lets them explore education options and allows potential students to connect with current Māori students to take advantage of tuakana-teina links,” says Mr Thompson.

Over three days the summit exposes Ngāti Whātua rangatahi to university life. They are given the opportunity to participate in workshops from a range of faculties at AUT, explore potential career pathways, attend an aspirational network dinner with Ngāti Whātua leaders and mentors, as well as attending the AUT and University of Auckland campuses for their open days.

“Across the three days, students will be immersed in an environment that will inform, challenge and most importantly, inspire them to become the leaders of today.”


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