Rangatahi

Our young people are amazing and brave

Our young people are not only amazing and brave, but given the space they are real clear about what tools they need to make it in this life.

We believe at one point or another everyone is vulnerable, our young people are more susceptible in our current climate. The young people involved with Ngā Rangatahi Toa have made a real commitment to changing their own lives through creativity and hard work. They don’t come to us as creatives, or with the intention that they might be any good at anything creative – but what they do have is a motivation to trying something new, learn some skills that will equip them as they navigate those teenage years in highly vulnerable situations with an open heart.

We provide them that safe space to be vulnerable, explore, navigate and find a physical language through movement, words or voice that they learn to stand in the power that lies within them. We elicit their strengths, then work with those strengths creatively. That creativity soon translates back into learning or employment.

We believe in building their protective factors through creativity, learning and deep connection so our young people are smarter, safer and wiser to navigate their life’s journey.

We are always guided by the young person and we let them not only co-design our programmes but also co-design their power steps that they make in the world.

Our young people partner with some of our phenomenal businesses, who are an extension of us and take them onto those next steps of employment.

 

Our graduates are out there in the world being awesome. Many have moved on from our programs and returned successfully to mainstream education, working towards achieving NCEA Levels 2 and 3. Others have graduated from degree-level courses, been employed as teacher aides to run their own creative arts and literacy programs, have returned to teach at the youth justice facility where they were once a ‘guest’, starred in short films and TV ads, performed at leading Auckland theatres and committed to part-time work while studying. Some have come full circle and are now mentors to other young people who are in the same place they were once in.

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Here are some of our Rangatahi

Click on their names to see their work.
Anahera

Anahera

Lee

Lee

Rihari

Rihari

Logan

Logan

Louise

Louise

Mercer

Mercer

Michelle

Michelle

Noah

Noah

Makere

Makere

Jodice

Jodice

Hemana

Hemana

Lauren

Lauren

Naomi

Naomi

Lee

Lee

Rima

Rima

Henry

Henry

Bradley

Bradley

Harmony

Harmony

Feleti

Feleti

Sheldon

Sheldon

Lucy

Lucy

Teina

Teina

Te Waiora

Te Waiora

Yvonne

Yvonne

Bonnie

Bonnie

Neville

Neville

Rosie

Rosie

Rangatahi

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