Lead­er­ship pro­gramme grad­u­ates con­trib­ute to com­mu­nity in Tararua

Bush Telegraph - - Property Market - By DAVE MUR­DOCH

Two young men from the Tararua are cur­rently ben­e­fit­ing from a Ran­gi­tahi Lead­er­ship Pro­gramme.

This was set up at a May­oral Task Force in 2011 and Tararua has been in­volved since last year.

The lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme is a long-term, in­ter­gen­er­a­tional ap­proach to de­velop the lead­er­ship ca­pac­ity of young Ma¯ ori in com­mu­ni­ties through­out New Zealand.

It in­volves lo­cal May­ors se­lect­ing a young Ma¯ ori from their district to men­tor one-to-one to en­cour­age and en­hance their lead­er­ship skills.

The young per­son is men­tored monthly, in­volv­ing both in­for­mal meet­ings and for­mal oc­ca­sions that will as­sist their de­vel­op­ment as a lo­cal leader.

The re­la­tion­ship also pro­vides both part­ners with the op­por­tu­nity to gain a deeper in­sight into in­ter­gen­er­a­tional is­sues, cul­tural val­ues and ex­pe­ri­ences.

Se­lected ran­gatahi are ex­pected to record a 100-hour com­mu­nity ser­vice project in their re­spec­tive com­mu­ni­ties.

This will pro­vide the young per­son with an op­por­tu­nity to share their ex­pe­ri­ences, prac­tice new strate­gies and demon­strate lead­er­ship.

Ran­gatahi will also have the op­por­tu­nity to build peer net­works with grad­u­ates of the pro­gramme, ob­tain sup­port and re­ceive lead­er­ship train­ing by at­tend­ing four lead­er­ship de­vel­op­ment wa¯ nanga (cour­ses) over the course of the year.”

Joel Mud­ford from Woodville was the first re­cip­i­ent of the pro­gramme in 2017.

Over the year he at­tended five week­end marae camps at which he had lead­er­ship, cul­tural and life skills train­ing.

Joel said it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, par­tic­u­larly be­cause he was mix­ing with a large num­ber of other ran­gi­tahi and top lo­cal kauma¯ tua. This had been in­spi­ra­tional, he said.

As part of his 100 hours com­mu­nity ser­vice he has played a ma­jor role in set­ting up the Wharetiti Ma¯ ori Cul­ture Group, which has be­come a sig­nif­i­cant part of the Tararua cul­tural scene.

This group of 30 young peo­ple, with Richard Da­mon of Tararua Col­lege, has forged a pop­u­lar en­ter­tain­ment group, par­tic­i­pat­ing in a va­ri­ety of pub­lic per­for­mances in­clud­ing the Woodville Mad Hatter’s Day, the Tararua Ka­pa­haka Fes­ti­val and the May­oral Wel­come for the Czech am­bas­sador.

Joel grad­u­ated from the pro­gramme in Auck­land late last year. He said it was an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence meet­ing with other may­ors who were at­tend­ing to sup­port their pro­teges.

Since then Jarna Mi­haere, also from Woodville, has be­come the sec­ond par­tic­i­pant in the pro­gramme. He has at­tended one work­shop so far and is shortly go­ing to a sec­ond in Ro­torua.

When not work­ing at Kiwi Lum­ber he is heav­ily in­volved with sports and cul­tural groups with Joel, at­tend­ing prac­tices and games, coach­ing ju­nior bas­ket­ball at Dan­nevirke High and play­ing for a Dan­nevirke team. Joel has con­tin­ued with his ser­vice to the com­mu­nity.

He and Jarna have forged a re­la­tion­ship work­ing with Wharetiti and other groups to en­cour­age youth achieve­ment.

Mayor Tracey Col­lis says she has been thrilled by the growth of th­ese two young men and looks for­ward to see­ing fur­ther progress.

“This is change from the ground up,” she said.

The Wharetiti Maori Cul­tural Group af­ter the May­oral re­cep­tion for the Czech Am­bas­sador.

RIGHT: Tararua Mayor Tracey Col­lis with Tararua’s ran­gi­tahi Joel Mud­ford (left) and Jarna Mi­haere at the Woodville Health Expo on Satur­day.

Tararua Mayor Tracey Col­lis with Joel at his grad­u­a­tion in Auck­land 2017.

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