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Te Whetū

Māori Boys Leadership Programme

Te Whetū is a 10-week programme focussed on leadership skills, personal development, and self-improvement, incorporating a Te Ao Māori perspective. The programme is tailored to meet the needs of rangatahi based on input from their kura.

The journey begins with building connections and understanding within the group through whakawhanaungatanga, creating a safe and supportive environment for learning and growth. The programme utilises the Te Whare Tapa Whā framework, aiming to develop all pillars to their fullest potential by the end.

Participants delve into self-exploration, learning how to effectively manage challenges such as stress and identifying mana-enhancing activities and individuals in their lives. They also gain insight into their own values and establish personal boundaries.

At the conclusion of Te Whetū, rangatahi leave with a kete filled with valuable tools for navigating life’s obstacles. They have a stronger sense of self, the ability to recognise healthy relationships, and a foundation to become the best version of themselves.


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"The Te Whetū Programme has provided an inclusive space for our Māori boys to explore and understand who they are as individuals and grow in confidence, empowering them to strive for personal excellence. Haki challenges the students to be the best they can be and to reflect on the day-to-day decisions they make and how the consequences of those choices impact others in their lives. The sessions are facilitated in a warm and positive environment with strong connections built amongst the group, fostering and enhancing whānaungatanga. Students who have completed the ten week programme have experienced improved outcomes academically (inside the classroom) and in their broader lives (outside the classroom). The Te Whetū Programme has had a positive impact on the lives of our young Māori boys, nurturing self-awareness, resilience, and interpersonal skills. This initiative has contributed to creating well-rounded individuals who are better equipped to succeed in their lives."
Josh Bullen
Teacher, Rangitoto College