New Rangatahi Employment Hub for Whakatane

He Poutama Rangatahi contract will focus on high risk youth and provide pathways to employment.

We are pleased to announce Te Puna Ora o Mataatua has been awarded the MBIE He Poutama Rangatahi contract for Whakatane. The announcement was made by Hon. Willie Jackson (Minister for Employment) at this mornings Bay of Connections Forum in Rotorua.

Minister Jackson with Fiona Wiremu (Chairperson) and Shelley Cunningham (Chief Financial Officer)

At the centre of this new service is a new Rangatahi Employment Hub. The hub will target rangatahi/youth that are high risk or NEETS (not engaged in education, employment or training) and provides pathways into employment.

Rangatahi will be able to access an intensive pastoral care programme to get them work-ready – medical, mental/addiction, social, behavioural interventions with life skills/financial literacy workshops and putting them through our waka rangatahi driving academy.

With this new employment-based contract, it provides Te Puna Ora O Mataatua another service that contributes to building an integrated approach to health and well-being for the whānau and communities for Whakatane and the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

We will be seeking applicants to join our team to deliver this service in due course.

Enquires about the new service can be sent to

Ministerial Press Release

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