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Te Puna Oranga o Otaki

Hunga Rangatahi is the life skills course that develops potential for rangatahi being delivered by Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki.

Te Hunga Rangatahi Youth Lifeskills Programme

Te Puna Oranga o Otaki
Te Puna Oranga o Otaki

Te Hunga Rangatahi is a free 12-week programme for Ōtaki youth aged between 16 – 24yrs that aims to provide a safe and fun learning environment for our rangatahi who are transitioning into training, employment or education.

The value of people and relationships is key to the service delivery and has provided Hunga Rangatahi with a wide range of community contributors that have helped develop the programme and given some time to share their experiences and skills. Raising the health and wellbeing of the Ōtaki community is the main aim of Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki and this is achieved by education, community led aspirations and listening to what people need.


Interested in joining the programme?

Sign up online HERE

Responding to rangatahi and really listening to what they need is fundamental to Hunga Rangatahi success. Rangatahi come first. Always. The flexibility of the programme is tailored to the rangatahi in each intake, which includes:

  • Confidence building
  • Weaving
  • Well being support
  • Career guidance
  • Drivers licensing
  • CV writing
  • Interview skills
  • Life skills
  • Māra Ka

For information or to enrol contact:
Ashleigh, [email protected] 
Phone 027 274 5007


Ashleigh Manga

Kaihautū o Te Hunga Rangatahi

Kia ora, ko Ashleigh ahau. I am Australian, Greek and Macedonian. I followed my heart to Ōtaki in 2017 as my husband is from Ōtaki. I have worked at Te Hunga Rangatahi since the programme commenced in 2021, whilst completing Heke Reo at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. I also work at Te Kura Kaupapa o Māori o Te Rito, supporting wharekura students with wellbeing, mental health and guidance. I am passionate about working with rangatahi and walking alongside them to help them identify their potential. My favourite thing about this mahi is watching rangatahi grow and find confidence within themselves. I feel blessed to be part of this hāpori.

Morehu Connor-Phillips

Kaiārahi Whai Mahi

Tēna tātou, ko Morehu tōku ingoa, he uri tēnei nō Ngāti Raukawa, nō Ngāti Tūwharetoa. I am the kaiārahi whai mahi of our Te Hunga Rangatahi program. I’m a pāpā first and currently raising my whānau here in Ōtaki where I grew up. My partner and I are committing to immerse ourselves and tamariki in Te Reo Māori, we both study at Te Wānanga o Raukawa. I have grown up in Ōtaki majority of my life and am very passionate about sports. I’m excited to be on board the Te Hunga Rangatahi team and to be a part of Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki organisation, I see this as a positive way to give back to my community and help guide the next generation of our rohe. 

Hinewai Rautao

Kaiārahi Rangatahi

Tēna tātou, ko Hinewai tōku ingoa, nō Ōtaki ahau. I am one of the kaiārahi rangatahi of our Te Hunga Rangatahi program, I also work part time as a youth worker for Zeal Kapiti at a dance program that is held in Ōtaki.  In 2021 I was part of Te Hunga Rangatahi as a rangatahi, I was still trying to figure out who I was and where I wanted to go in life – with the support of kaimahi I was able to study, get my mahi with Zeal and become the person I am today and that is someone who is passionate about helping our rangatahi and the community.  Ngā Mihi 

Kyla Royal

Kaiārahi Rangatahi

Kia ora e te iwi. Ko Kyla tōku ingoa, He uri tēnei nō Ngāti Raukawa. In 2022 I enrolled into Te Hunga Rangatahi, I had no idea what or where I wanted to go in life and after 12 weeks I had been given a opportunity to work at Te Puna Oranga o Ōtaki for 12 weeks (I guess they liked my mahi that much because I’m still here!) I am currently studying to become a youth worker and am honoured to be working with the Rangatahi of Ōtaki.