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Funding of roles:
Maori Development Minister Willie Jackson said investing in wahine and rangatahi is an investment in New Zealand’s economic security.
There is $28.5 million in the 2022 budget or programs to build whānau resilience by developing the leadership of whānau, wāhine and rangatahi Māori leaders.
Mr Jackson says these groups have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.
While 17% of all New Zealand women are Wāhine Maori, they are negatively overrepresented in areas such as employment, education and training, and incarceration.
Rangatahi represents half of the current Maori population.
Programs to be supported over the next two years include:
Pae Aronui, which is testing innovative approaches to improving education, training and employment outcomes for Maori aged 15-24 who are not in education, employment or training;
Taiohi Ararau who helps young Maori obtain essential documents such as their driving license and IRD number;
And Rangatahi Manawaroa, formerly the Rangatahi Suicide Prevention Fund, invests in projects that improve the resilience, leadership and well-being of rangatahi.