Ruatoria-based rangatahi programme gets additional funding

Published: Nov 13, 2020

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A programme run by the Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) is to receive an additional $238,000 to continue its Ka Hao te Rangatahi programme for another two years.

The programme focusses on helping young people in Ruatoria learn skills in biodiversity enhancement, erosion mitigation, and regenerative primary industries. It supports them to gain level 2 and level 3 qualifications in relevant topics.

The extension funding will be used to train and support two intakes of rangatahi throughout the 12 month course, with 16 young people expected to graduate from the programme within two years.

Ka Hao Te Rangatahi has previously helped 75 per cent of its participants to successfully complete the programme, gain qualifications and move into employment or further training.

So far, participants have been helped into work on farms, with the Department of Conservation, in sediment dam construction, as a mechanic, in beekeeping and in hemp production.