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Ed Sheeran

Rangatahi equipped to serve iwi and whanau trusts.
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A programme aimed at training rangatahi Maori to serve on the boards of their marae, iwi or whanau trusts is generating a wave of political and social enterprise.

Shay Wright from Te Whare Hukahuka says it’s an unexpected consequence of Ka Eke Poutama, which has produced about 100 graduates from its first two intakes.

Alumni have gone on to take issues about climate change and land confiscation to the United Nations, and many have set up their own trusts or social enterprises.

Shay Wright says Ka Eke Poutama alumni are also getting ready to set up the courses in other regions outside Tamaki Makaurau.

What that really means is building businesses that fundamentally help solve a social issue so they are not just profit-driven, they are driven to make real change at a community level and then they use business as a way to continue or sustain that mahi, and so we are seeing a number of differnt social enterprises starting to pop up," he says.

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