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South Island youth set to benefit from $100k investment

15 Feb 17

A new partnership between the Government and Ngai Tahu will see $100k in funding for South Island youth development.

The Government and Ngai Tahu Funds will each invest $50,000 to support a range of programmes, including skills development in STEM subjects.

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye says the new partnership will benefit young people living in rural and isolated areas of the South Island.

“As part of this partnership, around 250 young people will be supported to take part in mentoring and leadership programmes run by Ngai Tahu,” says Kaye.

“An important aspect of the partnership is that it will reach out to those living in remote areas, where this type of opportunity isn’t normally available,” she says.

According to Kaye, the funding provided by the partners will support initiatives including wananga outdoor education, skills development in the STEM subjects of science, technology, engineering and maths, and using Te Reo and culture as a vehicle for leadership and youth engagement.

“This is about building young people’s capability and resilience by strengthening their personal and cultural identity, enhancing their sense of self-worth and helping them develop positive attributes and skills such as leadership and problem solving,” Kaye explains.

The is being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

“This is the first partnership with iwi under the Partnership Fund, and will enable more of our young people to build skills, self-confidence and a path to a successful future,” Kaye adds.

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