He Poutama Rangatahi

Youth employment pathways

The Government is working to improve local employment outcomes for rangatahi to enable higher living standards and improved social outcomes for regional communities.

He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) is a pilot initiative that supports rangatahi aged 15-24 who are most at risk of long-term unemployment and who are not in education, employment or training.

We’re investing in this work because we know that sustained employment makes a real difference in the lives of rangatahi who aren’t currently earning or learning. It sets them on a path of long term employment which will deliver benefits for entire communities.

Through supporting local organisations, He Poutama Rangatahi helps to deliver sustained employment outcomes for rangatahi. As part of this, He Poutama Rangatahi also supports employers who need access to specialised employment support matched to the needs of rangatahi. A successful He Poutama Rangatahi project provides young people and employers with the tools and intensive support needed to help rangatahi into work.

In January 2018, the Government announced $13.275 million in funding for HPR programmes in Te Tai Tokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay. 

If a project is eligible for Provincial Growth Fund support, you may also be considered for HPR funding, if it meets both Provincial Growth Fund and HPR criteria.

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Current projects

He Poutama Rangatahi currently funds 19 providers across its four target regions. While each of the programmes takes a unique approach depending on local context and needs, all are underpinned by provision of individualised support matched to the specific needs of rangatahi. Note that some programmes cover more than one year.

ProviderProgramme

Total
funded

Region
Various providers, in partnership with MSD He Poutama Taitamariki Work readiness programme and connections to employment

$2,500,000

Tai Tokerau
Te Kotahitanga E Mahi Kaha Trust Mangatoa Station and Ecological Restoration

$959,800

Tai Tokerau
Whangarei Forest Protection Services Tupe Aku - Work readiness and employment experience

$943,400

Tai Tokerau
Northland College Farm/RecruitMe NZ Work readiness (forestry) and employment experience

$333,955

Tai Tokerau
Recruit Me NZ Ltd Eco Toa (Ecological Warrior) forestry training programme

Up to $418,556

Tai Tokerau
Whangarei Youth Space START mentoring and pastoral care programme

$880,000

Tai Tokerau
Te Pou Oranga o Whakatōhea Work readiness programme, connections to employment and distance learning hub

$1,018,538

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Whakaatu Whanaunga Trust Future fit work readiness  programme and connections to employment

$753,000

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Ōpōtiki College Youth to Work Ōpōtiki, retention in education with whānau support, connecting rangatahi to local sectoral and employment opportunities

$754,000

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Te Puna Ora o Mataatua Charitable Trust Whaia te Rangatiratanga (Pathways to Independence) work readiness and connections to employment

$1,760,886

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Tāne Mahuta Learn While you Earn (Forestry training) work readiness and connections to employment

$397,402

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Kawerau District Council Pathways to Work -  capacity building planning

$100,000

Eastern Bay of Plenty
Eastland Wood Council The Generation Programme - Whakatipua to tatou iwi - work readiness and connections to employment programme

$215,000

Tairāwhiti
Aotearoa Social Enterprise Trust ASET Poutama Rangatahi, work readiness and connections to employment programme

$447,268

Tairāwhiti
EIT Eastern Institute of Technology work readiness, ecological restoration and connections to whenua and to employment

$214,500

Tairāwhiti
Turanga Ararau Te Ara Poutama; work readiness and connections to employment programme

$300,000

Tairāwhiti
Te Taiwhenua o Heretaunga Trust Takatū Youth Mentoring Programme, work readiness and connections to employment with a focus on support with drivers’ licensing

$258,000

Hawke’s Bay
Hikoi Koutou  Charitable Trust WorkFit Rangatahi NEET integration work fitness and connections to employment programme

$764,930

Hawke’s Bay
Hastings District Council The Youth Employment Connector work readiness and connections to whānau, employment and specialist services

$460,000

Hawke’s Bay
The Development Hub Initiate work readiness programme, targeted to wāhine Māori and building their connections to local employers

$194,394

Hawke’s Bay
LIFT Social Enterprise LIFT Youth Employment work readiness and connections to employment programme

$750,000

Hawke’s Bay