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Youth Week 2021: Te Wiki mo te Rangatahi 2021

This year Youth Week runs from Saturday, May 8, until Sunday, May 16, and the theme is: We’re stronger together. So, here at Te Puna Ora o Mataatua, we’ve organised a range of events to celebrate rangatahi within the Mataatua rohe and bring us all closer together.

Below is a list of our Youth Week events;

Ka Hao Te Rangatahi launch

We’re officially launching our Ka Hao Te Rangatahi evenings. So, if you’re aged 16 to 24 and thinking about what you want to do next in your life then come along to the Tū Maia Rangatahi Hub on King Street in Whakatāne.

There’s burgers for dinner, a live band, a guest speaker and you coud even win a UE Boom speaker. Or just come and have a yarn with with our kaimahi and they might just be able to help you make your next step.

Date: Friday, May 7, 2021

Time: 5.30pm-7.30pm

Venue: Tū Maia Rangatahi Hub, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua, 88 King Street, Whakatāne

Tik Tok Competition

Along with our other events, we also wanted to do something a little different, so we’re hosting a Tik Tok competition to showcase the creativity of the rangatahi in the Mataatua rohe.

We’re a little behind the times and haven’t quite got our own Tik Tok account sorted yet so we’ve had to be flexible and use good ole faithful Facebook as the platform to host the competition but we’re still taking inspiration from the dancing videos made famous by the largest growing social media.

The prizes include a new Iphone 12 Max Pro, a Macbook and a sound bundle that includes air pods and a UE Boom. To enter you need to be aged between 16 and 24 and simply send us a private message of a one-minute video of you dancing to one of the Tik Tok sounds. The more creative the better.

You have until 5pm on Saturday, May 8, to get us your videos. The top 10 videos will be determined by a panel from Te Puna Ora o Mataatua and consideration will be given to those who show the most creativity with extra points given to the videos that are complex, incorporate Māori culture or Te Puna Ora o Mataatua imagery, include costumes or those that have a deeper meaning.

We will then post the top 10 videos on our Facebook page. This will be done at 12pm on Monday, May 10, and then it is over to Facebook to pick the top three. The three winners will be determined by the most engagement with one point for a like, two points for a comment, and three points for a share. The video with the most points will win the Iphone, second place will take home the Macbook and third will get the sound bundle.

Date: Entries open from Monday, May 3, to Sunday, May 9. Finals to be hosted from Monday, May 10, with winners to be announced Friday, May 14.
Venue
: Online

Head to the facebook event here.

Mother’s Day Brunch

While Youth Week is about celebrating our rangatahi, our young people wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for their māmā and how convenient that it’s Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9.

So, we’re choosing to celebrate our mama from across the rohe with a Mother’s Day brunch at Mataatua Wharenui in Whakatāne. We’re inviting 30 māmā, nominated by their children, for brunch and to enjoy a range of activities including music and workshops this Mother’s Day.

The day will begin with a pōhiri at 9.30am, followed by morning tea, the Hiko light show and a few activities. Pukeko Caterers will then serve a delicious meal and we will end the day by handing out a few special treats to the mother’s and their rangatahi.

Head to our Facebook event and find out how you can nominate your mum here.

Date: Sunday, May 9
Time
: 9.30am to 2pm
Venue
: Mataatua Wharenui, Muriwai Drive, Whakatāne

Eastern Bay Careers Expo

Our team will be at the Whakatāne High School-hosted Eastern Bay Careers Expo showcasing our services including our Toitū Oranga Toitū Rongoa Health and Medicine academy, Tū Maia Rangatahi Hub and our driving academy.

However, rather than the traditional stall, we’ve got something a little bit different planned. So if you, or your young person, is looking for advice on what career path to take and how to get there, come and say: “kia ora” to us and you could be in to win a new Iphone 12 Pro Max – but be prepared to earn because we’ve got something different planned for our stall.

Date: Wednesday, May 12
Time
: 9am to 3pm
Venue
: Whakatāne High School

Ka Hao Te Rangatahi

We officially launched our Ka Hao Te Rangatahi evenings on Friday, May 7, and we will follow it up with another Ka Hao Te Rangatahi night at our Tū Maia Rangatahi Hub. So, if you’re aged 16 to 24 and thinking about what you want to do next in your life then come along to the hub on King Street in Whakatāne and share a burger with us, enjoy the live band, listen to the guest speaker and get your chance to win a UE Boom speaker. Or, just come and have a chat.

Date: Friday, May 14, 2021
Time
: 5.30pm-7.30pm
Venue
: Tū Maia Rangatahi Hub, Te Puna Ora o Mataatua, 88 King Street, Whakatāne

Kaupapa Māori Workshops

Do you want to learn how to make earrings inspired by Māori designs? Or maybe you want to learn about mau rakau? Or even how to make your own pounamu?

As part of Youth Week events we are hosing Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Māori Kaupapa Workshops for rangatahi at the Liberty Church.

The series of free workshops that you can sign up for include:

Pounamu: In this all day workshop you will create your own Pounamu to take home and understand the origins, spiritual and cultural significance of Pounamu along the way.
Rongoa: You will create three different types of Rongoā and learn about their healing properties.
Earrings: You will create a pair of Māori designed acrylic earrings while learning about the process.
Mirimiri: Learn the art of Mirimiri and how it contributes to building resilience within yourself.
Mau Rakau: Learn this traditional Māori martial art and the ancestral practices, values and protocols of the warrior.

As well as the workshops, we will also have a few Māori healers on hand, a range of kai to purchase, entertainment from Lionyze band, a performance from Te Kura o Te Paroa and a special guest speaker.

The day will begin with a karakia at 9am and workshops will run until the close of day at 4pm.

Date: Saturday, May 15, 2021
Time
: 9am to 4pm
Venue
: Liberty Church, Wairaka Road, Whakatāne

Register at www.bit.ly/tpoomrangatahi

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