Start 10:00 AM
End 11:00 AM


Inspiring Communities


Rangatahi. Community. Leadership

Using Community-Led principles and Inspiring Communities’ theory of change, we’ll explore the relevance of community-led approaches in a youth-led space,

This panel will profile how Rangatahi are leading locally. Their experience, what they are doing in places across the motu, the changes they are making, what is helping their mahi and the challenges they face. We will also discuss how organisations and agencies can support this leadership. What they need to do to ahwi and amplify support for young people to turn their ideas into reality, and have an impact in their community and on a global level.

Gemma Major is part of Te Aka Matua, a Community Youth Led initiative supported by Seed Waikato. She has been involved with the kaupapa and co-design group from its inception, Seed Waikato has back-filled with resources and held space for the project to flourish, Gemma will also provide insight into how Seed Waikato enables rangatahi leadership.

Madiha Ali Changezi is a full-time Law student at the University of Waikato, and part-time youth worker at Shama Hamilton Ethnic Women’s Trust. She is also a member of the National Advisory Board of the Red Cross as well as a Committee Member of Seed Waikato and a Board Member of Same Skies International. Madiha is passionate about storytelling, amplifying youth and marginalized voices and acting as a advocate for these groups.

We’ll also be joined by George O’Connor Patena, who will talk about his role as the  programme manager, future leaders for Inspiring Stories, maintaining the mana of the programme, which is driven by grass-roots rangatahi -led , community led aspirations.

 A packed webinar profiling people and programmes that are changing the spaces and places in which we live, work and play.

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