Tokona Te Raki - Māori Futures Collective

Ariana Te Whetu, Eruera Tarena

Our vision is equity for Māori in Te Wai Pounamu by 2040 in education, employment and income.
We are a small team located within Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu tasked with reshaping what the future will look like for our rangatahi and mokopuna. They represent the fastest growing sector of NZs population and as such will be the drivers of the future. They will need to be equipped with the tools to be inspired by their future, succeeding as Māori, confident in their culture and prosperous in their careers. We need to redesign our education system so that it inspires, connects and prepares them for where they want to go.

As we head towards 2040 and the marking of 200 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, we have the opportunity to realise the promise of a true Treaty partnership by coming together and advancing a shared vision to build a better future. We need to understand the opportunities on offer, and make the investment that will transform our system and empower our rangatahi to achieve their dreams - their new Hawaiki.

Hamish Keown