Social Experiment in Kaikōura!

21st Mar 2021

The Social Experiment is an incredible bunch of young entrepreneurs who have set up a very cool programme to inspire, motivate, and arm you with the courage and tools to create change and move forward positively in your goals.

It was an awesome opportunity for our young people aged 15-24, to be able to attend this workshop in Kaikōura over the weekend! A massive shout out to all the rangatahi who attended, to the SoX team from all around New Zealand and to our amazing Mani and Rosie. We are going to see some activating come out of all the planning in the next few weeks...

endorseMe - app by Smart Waikato

5th Mar 2021

It was awesome to have Smart Waikato come and give us some face to face training on how to use their very cool app - endorseMe. This app is looking like a great tool to grow employability skills - we are going to be using this with the Youth Employability Programme rangatahi! Thanks for making the effort to come all the way to Kaikōura Maddie and Anna!

We are recruiting an Education Advocate!

1st Mar 2021

Te Hā o Mātauranga has been contracted with funding from the New Zealand Libraries Partnership Fund to work alongside our whānau and schools to support families to upskill in the area of education resources and pathways. 

As our society moves more into digital technology, every New Zealander needs to be able to access this digital world. Whether it is going online to access a public service or just to share the latest meme, for many people, this is second nature. But for others, it is a real challenge. With more and more educational resources and pathways becoming available through digital platforms, it can be helpful to have support to utilise and make the most of them. 

We are seeking a full time Education Advocate - to work alongside our whānau and support families to connect positively with education. Ultimately we are aiming for families to become the leaders of their children’s educational goals and plans. This role is fixed term to 30 June 2022. 

You can find the job description on

Applications should include a cover letter linking your skills and experience to the job description and your CV and are to be emailed to by 4pm Thursday 11th March 2021. We intend to shortlist and interview candidates the following week.

Improv bootcamp

16th Dec 2020

A fabulous way to wrap up our improvisation workshop with the Court Jesters today at the Mayfair Theatre. We had some awesome young people participate in this workshop, and put on a clever show for friends and family at the end of it! 

Thannkyou to the Ministry of Youth Development for the funding for this very cool workshop, and to the Court Jesters for coming up to run it!


12th Dec 2020

We had an awesome day today hosting Viane, Carmela and Te Ahu - who ran a workshop for our rangatahi on facilitation, games, and strengths. We learnt heaps and had a ball! Can't wait for next time!!

Youth Employability Programme graduates!

1st Dec 2020

Super proud of our Youth Employability Programme graduates who finished their programme today with a presentation from the Mayor - Sariah Te Amo, Ripeka Manawatu, Yazmine Tahau-Conroy and Nikita Fitzpatrick. And a big thanks to our facilitators Mani and Rosie.

New Staff, new roles! How can we help you?

30th Nov 2020

We are thrilled to announce we have appointed three new staff to work on the Mayor's Taskforce for Jobs project.

Sean Madden has taken on the role of Employment Coordinator. Sean brings vast experience to the role, most recently working as the Manager of the NCTIR Village. His work is focussed in two areas - employers and job seekers. Sean is currently meeting job seekers to establish work and training goals; engaging with employers to work out what their needs are, and putting these two groups together. You can reach Sean on 027 372 2248.

Rosie Poharama-Hepi is our new Youth Employability Facilitator. Rosie has a huge passion for working with youth and a warm, natural manner for connecting with others. We have a new Youth Employability Programme starting up early in 2021 - talk to Rosie if you are interested in finding out more, 027 201 7638.

Renee Wood is available to support with driver licences and driving skills. Renee is able to work one on one or in groups to teach the theory of the learner licence test, support people to progress through their licence, arrange driver mentoring and defensive driving courses. Get in touch with Renee on 027 371 9240.

As part of the MTFJ programme, we are offering various short courses such as First Aid and Barista. We also help participants put together CV's.

For employers, there can be financial support from the programme to help with training, equipment etc. We also have a lot of information about various support available from the Ministry of Social Development (Work and Income) when taking on new employees - such as Mana in Mahi, Apprenticeship Boost, Flexi-wage.

Our landline is 319 3002 and you find us at 14 Ludstone Road.

Rafting the Waiau Toa

27th Nov 2020

Woohoo - these wonderful wahine just rafted the Waiau Toa, it was awesome to spend some time with them in the great outdoors! A massive thanks to Sport Tasman, through the Tū Manawa Fund, for supporting us to make this possible! And of course the awesome guides at Clarence River Rafting!


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