Call to Rangatahi Maori to represent!

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A call has gone out for rangatahi Maori to be nominated to a national Maori Youth Council, to advise the Minister of Maori Affairs on issues affecting young people.

Im looking for 12-15 representatives from across the country and a range of iwi, who are active in their communities, interested in Maori affairs and have strong leadership skills. I want them to meet every couple of months as a Maori Youth Council, to give me and my department practical advice and feedback on issues affecting rangatahi Maori. I will also chair quarterly meetings with the Council said Dr Sharples.

Because the Maori population is younger than the national average, Dr Sharples feels their korero is an important part of our society and their input is important in terms of planning for the future of Aotearoa.

Dr Sharples wants to hear directly from young people about what theyin terms of the Governments policies and how theirprogrammes work for them. It is hoped that this experience of working with the Maori Youth Council will further develop their leadership skills.

The Council may include up to to 15 representatives from across the country and a range of iwi who:

  • were active in their communities
  • interested in Maori affairs
  • had strong leadership skills

It will be an open invitation process. If you know someone aged 18 to 25 who you think might be a good representative for their community,click here for a form and get your nominee to fill it out, or contact your local Te Puni K?kiri office. Deadline is 30 July 2010.

Nomination forms must be in to TPK no later than 5pm on Wednesday 30 July 2010.

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