He kai kei aku ringa Rangatahi

The Māori Innovation Fund funds initiatives to assist Māori to grow businesses and enterprise for overall economic benefit. The aim of the Rangatahi Māori Entrepreneurship programme (Programme) is to build entrepreneurship and business skills participation in Māori students. It has a focus on Year 12 and 13 students who can go on to build a pipeline of young Māori choosing business and entrepreneurship as a career.  Current programmes delivered by Young Enterprise and MWDI support the growth of Māori participation in enterprise

The annual DIGMYIDEA attracts over 200 entries.
Ten finalists across  took part in a weekend workshop known as DIGIwānanga with two overall winners each receiving $10,000 worth of start-up business support. 

The 2018/19 Rangatahi Business Challenge has targeted five regions, Rotorua, Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Manawatu.

.The 3-day experience is designed for  for Year 10 & 11 Maori students  

More than 60 rangatahi from six Northland schools attended a Tech event  as part of Waitangi Week celebrations. The aim was to encourage careers and enterprise opportunities in the ICT Sector.

HKKAR 3-day Business Challenges

HKKAR 3-day Business Challenges

“Rangatahi are passionate about finding solutions and realising they can make it happen”
- Young Enterprise National Coordinator, Natania Katene

Rangatahi Business Challenge is a unique 3-day experience for Year 10 & 11 Maori secondary school students sponsored by He kai kei aku ringa.  It's an opportunity to introduce rangatahi to business and enterprise. 

A series of 3 day challenges, held around the country, with a focus in the regional areas, invited rangatahi work in teams to form a virtual company.  They research the target market, prepare a business plan and on the third day share their ideas and business plan with a panel of Maori leaders / entrepreneurs from their region.  

According to YES national coordinator, Natania Katene, rangatahi are passionate about, and move through the business challenges workshops based on what is important to them, and what they think a solution could be.  The 2018 Rangatahi Business Challenge has targeted five regions, Rotorua, Te Tai Tokerau, Waikato, Eastern Bay of Plenty and Manawatu.


HKKAR in conjunction with ATEED organised a hugely successful DIGMYIDEA 2018, doubling the number of  participants of l2017.  

Jordon Messiter from Hamilton won the Rerenga o te Kora category (15-24) with  ‘Homely’, a digital market place that connects with good landlors.  Arena Williams from Auckland and Eric Goddard from Wellington won the Muranga o te Ahi category (25+)  with ‘Kōwhiri’ – a digital election platform for iwi in Te Reo Māori and English.digital market place that connects tenants with good landlords. 

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