Rangatahi - Youth Programme 15 - 25yrs

The Rangatahi - Youth programme has been developed to run concurrently with the The Seventh Gathering programme and will take place from 10.30am until 3.00pm on Monday to Thursday. Rangatahi are invited to attend the main plenary keynote session each morning from 8.30am until 10.00am before the commencement of the days activities, and the rejoin the main plenary for the final sessions of the day.

The programme is designed for 15 - 25 year olds and is open to those who register under the Rangatahi Registration rate on the online registstration site. The programme is included in the Rangatahi registration rate, capped at 150 participants and is offered on a first in first served basis.

Whanaungatanga /Relationships Day

Connectivity amongst Indigenous Youth

Day 1: Monday  Afternoon

Location: University of Waikato Fields / Performing Arts Room if wet

 An exciting first day full of creativity and of hands on activities designed to get confidence and engagement, getting to know each other through group expression of learning Māori traditional games,  impromptu entertainment spots, dance, music and grafitti art painting.


Waikato/Kingitanga Day 

Visit to the Turangawaewae Marae, Rangiriri Pā (Waikato Wars) site, past Taupiri mountain the scared burial grounds of the Waikato people, and participation in a riverbank tree planting community initative.

Day 2: Tuesday Morning & Afternoon - 

Location: Ngaruawahia  and Rangiriri - Travel by Bus

A day visit is planned to learn all about the Waikato people, their history, learning of historical and sacred sites and participating in the river restoration project that all Waikato marae are involved in. Highlights of the day will be learning to be part of a tira hoe - a rowing crew of traditional waka, where rangatahi will be taught by rowing experts in traditional methods of crewing, participating in training sessions and crewing with other experienced rowers to paddle the waka along the river – it will be a magnificent experience!


Future Economic Development

Visit to Te Awa Base / Showcasing Tainui Tribal Development / Visit to the Coastal Region

Day 3: Wednesday Morning &  Afternoon

Location: Te Rapa and Whaingaroa  - Travel by Bus

Rangatahi will enjoy visiting one of the largest and modern shopping complexes in New Zealand – owned and managed by the Waikato tribe. The day activities will finish with a visit to the West Coast and a fun event /physical challenge on one of the beaches.


Entertainment Night 

He Pō Whakangāhau

Day 3: Wednesday Evening from 6.30pm

A dance party dinner event for rangatahi will be one of the highlights of the Healing Our Spirits Worldwide Conference where indigenous music and performers will demonstrate their talent and expression of Indigenous Culture, sharing and entertaining.


Wrap Up session

Conclusion Presentations from Rangatahi

Day 4: Thursday  Morning

Location: University of Waikato Fields / Performing Arts Room if wet

Presentations from groups of the rangatahi workstream will be the conclusions of their journey and experiences during this conference in the lead up to saying farewell to each other and participating in the farewell concert.