Mahi Arataki Programme


Pathways to Prosperity for Rangatahi aged 15 - 24

Every young person learns differently, and sometimes, the traditional classroom doesn't cut it. Our Pae Aronui pathway is designed for rangatahi who have found themselves outside of the school system. With this initiative, we aim to support 30 rangatahi and their whanau, providing a marae-based, culturally reflective, alternative education. Here, tutors who speak their language understand their needs and guide them towards improved outcomes and opportunities.
  • Addiction Support
  • Driver Licencing
  • Life Skills
  • Financial Literacy
  • Mindfulness
  • Cooking Skills
  • Mentorship
  • Mahinga Kai
  • Regular Physical Exercise

Course Examples

Week 1: Marae Induction and Cultural Immersion

  • Tauira will be welcomed with a pōwhiri at Te Aitarakihi Marae-a-Iwi, where they will learn about the tikanga and protocols of the Marae.
  • After the pōwhiri, there will be an orientation and introduction to the programme ahead, including an overview of the activities for the week.
  • In the afternoon, tauira will participate in taiaha and kapa haka sessions to learn about Māori culture and traditions.
  • Daily Karakia will be done at the beginning and end of the day.

Week 2: Agriculture Vocational Training

  • Tauira will learn about agriculture and animal husbandry, equipping rangatahi with practical skills that align with their career goals.
  • They'll learn valuable techniques in livestock care, contributing to long-term employment prospects.
  • Daily Karakia will be done at the beginning and end of the day.

Tauira will achieve the following

Over the 12-week period:
  • Attend a powhiri and orientation at Te Aitarakihi Marae-a-Iwi
  • Attend 2 noho marae experiences
  • Participate in 12 taiaha, kapa haka or tikanga sessions
  • Participate in 10 community mahi sessions
  • Achieve 10 Document Passports
  • Participate in 6 hikoi experiences
  • Welcome 10 new rangatahi into the Pae Aronui program
  • Have 10 of the rangatahi become new members of Te Aitarakihi and be responsible for the program.
In addition to these activities, tauira will begin and end each day with a karakia to ground them in Māori culture and spirituality, exercise must form part of the daily routine and is best straight after their morning karakia. Application Form online

If this interests you, please fill out our online application form; click here

Any questions, please contact Kylie on 027 232 2622 or

We would like to take this opportunity to thanks Te Puni K
ōkiri for their funding support for this programme.

Photos and descriptions of day-to-day activities

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