Lincoln University Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bruce McKenzie, left, and Vice-Chancellor James McWha greet students at the summit’s powhiri.

Aspirations of Maori youth focus of Lincoln summit

by Mike Isle

Aspirations of young Maori got an earnest work-out at a two-day summit last week hosted by Lincoln University. Around 150 students from 41 high schools across the country (including 15 students outside the formal school system) and three tertiary institutions were on campus to talk about their future.

Developed for Maori students between the ages of 16 and 24, the Taiohi (Youth) Summit provided a forum to discuss key issues relevant to Taiohi today and to discuss their aspirations for the future in key thematic areas.

Lincoln University director, Maori and Pasifika, Dr Dione Payne, said the hui engaged Taiohi across Aotearoa and publish a manifesto with their strategy for the future.

“We see the significant contribution that Maori make to both our economy and the world, and as the world changes, we want to make sure the voice of our Taiohi have been heard, so they have access to the tools and skills to help them grow their future,” Dr Payne said.

Attendees collaborated with key innovators, engaged in workshops, wrote their manifesto and networked with other like-minded Maori throughout New Zealand.

“From the boardroom to the paddock, we wanted to make sure Taiohi add their voice to the discussion,” Dr Payne said. Lincoln University hosted the summit in partnership with the Ministry of Youth Development.