Taiohi Whai Oranga
Taiohi Whai Oranga is a marae-based youth development initiative that aims to improve the long-term wellbeing for Maori youth in Manurewa, along with providing education and employment pathway opportunities.
The organisation delivers foundation programmes that include young offenders, empowering young females and males, youth leadership and anti-bullying.
In 2017 they started a new Maori Science Academy, Nga Tai Hiringa which targets young Maori in Year 9 to 13 and aims to encourage youth to engage with science innovation, as well as pursue the sciences as a future career pathway. This flagship programme involves academic achievement with support systems wrapped around youth, such as homework clubs and online support.
CSI is supporting Taiohi Whai Oranga to grow and become an independent legal entity which will enable Taiohi Whai Oranga to thrive in its own space, operating with Rangatiratanga, and in partnership with the Marae and other communities and organisations. Options for social enterprise projects and models that will sustain Taiohi Whai Oranga into the future are also being developed.
Taiohi Whai Oranga is a Foundation North Catalyst for Change community partner.