Who are we?
JJ RIKA – COACH
John James (JJ) Rika is the new face at Kawerau District Council, taking over the role as Youth Projects Officer. He has a passion to work with Rangatahi and looks forward to the excitement and challenges that youth projects have to offer.
Preet is a Year 13 student and Deputy head girl of Tarawera High School in Kawerau. She is involved in many youth activities such as Kawerau Youth Council, Christian Youth Group, Tuakana Teina, Trekkers and many more. Her goal for her community is to tackle the boredom amongst the youth of Kawerau, create events and youth activities where they can get involved, and to make Kawerau a better place and develop the knowledge of the youth in certain areas for their future.
Temuera is currently studying sports at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. He is an active member of the Kawerau community and offers advice to members of the Kawerau Youth Council. He helps guide the younger members in KYC. Temuera also volunteers at local community events like Flowquest Fun Day, and National Woodfest Competition in Kawerau.
Temuera attended the recent ANZAC Day memorial and was even invited by Mayor Malcolm Campbell to join the head-quarters party.
Joe wants to encourage young people to pursue their dreams and help young people build their self esteem and confidence.
His goal is to help his community come together with services that can help young people with issues such as bullying, education, teen pregnancy, alcohol, and drugs. His goal is to have a Youth Centre for young people to come and be supported. His purpose is to change the view of young people and give them a positive impact that will encourage them through all aspects in life.
James is a dancer, and enjoys listening to music and being funny. He has a passion for his community and wants to see his community move forward into a positive future.
James wants to make a change in Opotiki. He aims to help give everyone a bright future, and to help his peers make better choices. That is why he put up his hand to be a part of Future Leaders – he knows everyone is beautiful, every one is worth it, and everyone deserves a chance.
"Tena koutou katoa, Ko Ashley-Kataraina tooku ingoa."
Ashley is a 24 year old in her third year of her Bachelors degree at Te Wananga o Aotearoa. Her field is social work, focusing on bi-culturalism in practice. Ashley is of Ngai Tuhoe and Ngati Awa descent, and was born and bred in a small town east side of the Bay of Plenty known as Whakatane “WHK”. Ashley is one of Whakatane’s Two Future Leaders for 2017.
Noho Ora, Mauri Ora.
Tahiri is new Future Leader representative for the Whakatane District. Currently, he is a Basketball coach and freight sorter. Through his coaching position with basketball he has already had first hand experience working with Youth and seeing their drive to succeed and continue on their path of self improvement both academically and athletically. As they say, there is a deep correlation between sports discipline and off-court success and he has already seen both from his boys.
"My hope for the Future Leader’s programme is that I am able to improve my guidance skills when working with youth in order to be a better coach and better person and help both my basketball boys and youth in general to succeed in their careers or whatever aspects of life that they need help with."