Māori Future-making


The world as we know it is rapidly changing. Our shifting population demographics, climate change and the impacts of technology are reshaping what the future will look like for our tamariki and mokopuna.

Rangatahi Māori represent the fastest growing sector of New Zealand’s population and as such will be the drivers of the future. We need to equip them with the tools to be inspired by their future, succeeding as Māori, confident in their culture and prosperous in their careers.

As the statistics tell us, the journey through education into employment is not equitable. For the benefit of all, it’s time we address the failings of the current system and re design it to ensure that it meets rangatahi where they are and inspires, connects and prepares them for where they want to go.

As we head towards 2040, and marking 200 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, we have the opportunity to realise the promise of a true Treaty partnership by advancing a shared vision to build a better future.

We need to understand the opportunities on offer, and make the investment that will transform our system and empower our rangatahi to achieve their dreams – their new Hawaiki.

Māori descend from the greatest navigators in the world who crossed the Pacific Ocean using only sun, star, wind and wave – it’s in our DNA – we need to relearn the ability to imagine a world beyond the horizon. We know we can’t do this alone which is why we are building partnerships with government, industry, communities and most importantly whānau who share a collective vision for a better world. Together we can challenge the current inequities, and co-design innovative futuristic solutions. We all have a role to play and we will all benefit from getting it right for our rangatahi.

“As we head towards 2040 and marking 200 years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, I believe we also have the opportunity to realise the promise of true partnership by coming together to advance a shared vision of supporting our rangatahi to build a better future.”

Eruera Tarena

Our future is an exciting prospect

Jump aboard the waka and be part of its creation - the new Hawaiki.

 Ki te hoe!

What's going on?

  1. Rangatahi and whānau aren’t being engaged, excited, inspired or prepared for future opportunities by our current education system.

2. The current education system is not addressing the changing population trends that will determine our future.

3. We need to shift away from siloed agencies and institutions whose fragmented approaches focus on blaming whānau.


  • Equipping schools, education providers and employers with information and strategies to transform their practices.
  • Equipping whānau, hapū and iwi with the tools and insights to lead change.
  • Using social innovation tools and to drive long-term systemic change to boost Māori success.
  • Working with communities to develop whānau-centre solutions and pathways aligned with future opportunities.

The Wero

Our current education system is not preparing our rangatahi for future opportunities.

New Zealand’s rangatahi population is growing but many are not being equipped with the tools for success.

Our changing population demographics will see a younger Māori population needing to support future industries and fill the skill gaps left by an aging Pākehā workforce heading into retirement.

The Māori workforce will increase by 50% by 2038 – almost one fifth of the working age population

The Māori population in the Ngāi Tahu takiwā is set to grow by 80% by 2040

The current income gap for Māori is $2.6 billion per year

The future of work is changing

The way we work in the future will be significantly different – it will require different skills, continual upskilling and flexibility as we face the impacts of technological advancements, automation and globalisation.

  • Rangatahi can expect to have 17 jobs over 5 careers in their lifetime
    Foundation for Young Australians. (2018). The New Work Reality
  • The core skills of the future overlap with training for 1 job being portable to 12 other jobs
    Tertiary Education Commission. (2019). Hidden Links, New Opportunities

The Solution


Share future-focused insights so rangatahi and their whānau can determine their own future.


Recognise rangatahi leadership and equip them with the tools to lead change.


Connect partners with rangatahi to help them transform how they engage whānau.

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