Te Hiringa is a 10 week programme for 15 year old youth who are not-enrolled (or who are disengaged) from education.

Using a holistic approach and a bi-cultural learning environment with a Te Ao Maori perspective, this programme aims to support the successful re-engagement in to education or the transition in to further training or employment.

Te Hiringa includes whānau participation, and enables rangatahi to build a vision for their future and be motivated to stay engaged in their educational journey to achieve that aspirational goal.

The Experience

Rangatahi will experience: outdoor experiential learning, aspirational pathway planning, employability and life skills, connection to education and employment pathways, holistic health and wellbeing services and support, creative arts programmes, and more!

Outdoor programming

Activity based positive social and personal development for positive educational gains. Incorporates a Māori/Te Arawa perspective reinforcing cultural connection, identity and belonging. This approach can increase self-confidence and motivation to be successful and make better life choices.

Aspirational planning

A facilitated process to create an aspirational vision. PATH encourages positive change and builds confidence to take steps towards meaningful goals, through using self-efficacy which is central to success. When ākonga develop their own aspirational vision, it supports their development through other elements of Te Hiringa.

Creative Youth Development

Creative youth development activities such as radio and broadcasting, film and editing and beat making are used to help young people express emotions and views on what is important to them, challenging them to develop new ways of looking at challenges and obstacles, and building confidence, self-motivation, inspiring passion and creativity, and encourage self-belief.

Education and Employment

Youth employment pathway services support rangatahi to develop employability soft skills, provide links with schools, employers and workplaces, and support ākonga to identify and follow their aspirations and preferred vocational pathways. Ākonga will be supported on a pathway to achieve success in school, education, training and/or employment.

Health and wellbeing

Health and wellbeing sessions will include, physical, emotional, spiritual, sexual, social and whānau wellbeing. Ākonga will also have direct free access to nurse, doctor, youth workers, mental health workers, youth drug and alcohol services and more.

The Support

Rangatahi will have access to a team of specialist youth providers (adventure-based learning practitioners, employability navigators, health and mental health practitioners, social workers, and community, iwi, hapū education practitioners) as well as 6 months of ongoing coaching and mentoring as they re-engage in learning.

Te Hiringa

The programme design is youth-centric; based on individual and whānau needs and aspirations; provides a supported pathway that aligns with their aspirations, achieves identified goals and positive outcomes; and actively engages rangatahi and whānau throughout the process. It includes an intensive 10-week programme (including whānau participation); one on one support; home visits; whānau activities, brokering support back into education, training or employment; and six months follow up mentoring, coaching and transition support in their chosen pathway.


Increase level of engagement in learning

Successfully transition to further training or employment

  • Increase aspirations
  • Reduce impact of barriers to positive engagement through strengthened protective factors.
  • Build strong connections with community (including youth/support services).

Applications will be considered for rangatahi who are:

  • 15 years of age
  • Not enrolled or disengaged from education
  • Available 5 days per week (Monday to Friday) from 9.00am – 3.00 pm for 10 weeks

Te Hiringa is a collaborative initiative, developed and facilitated by Te Waiariki Purea Trust and the Rotorua Community Youth Centre Trust.

Like to know more?

For more information call Joel on 021 0224 7315 Full brochure can be downloaded here