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Otautahi hub an urban marae for youth

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The head of a new center for rangatahi transitioning out from state care says it is based on kaupapa Māori principles for its activity.

Resource consent has been approved for Te Hurihanga o Rangatahi in central Christchurch.

The youth hub will provide 10 to 25 year olds access to catch-up education, healthcare, mental health counselling, vocational training, recreation and employment.

It includes onsite accommodation where those in formal education or seeking work can stay up to 18 months.

Trust chair Dame Sue Bagshaw says it aims to help rangatahi reach their full potential.

"Wiremu Gray who is on our board thinks of it as an urban marae for youth. We will acknowledge Te Tiriti and we hope by doing that we will include all cultures. It's true, the old adage that if you do things the Māori way, you do it right," she says.

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