Rotorua Museum Youth Group

Aim of Youth Group

In 2023 Rotorua Museum developed the Rotorua Museum Youth Group – Te Pukenga Taiohi o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa.
Starting in 2023 with only 10 members, this year’s Youth Group has grown to 22 members.

The aim was to connect youth within our community that have an interest in the arts, museums and/or history, and support development in those areas.

The Rotorua Museum Youth Group will support the Museum in an advisory role with aspects of youth exhibition and event development, and give the youth involved the opportunity to learn more about this unique sector.

Roles within the group

Each year Youth Group members will be asked to vote for the roles of Youth Representative, and Deputy Youth Representative.

Representatives will be invited to Museum events, programmes and relevant community meetings, and may be asked to speak and/or give their opinion on kaupapa, from a youth perspective.

For 2024 Whakaue Leonard was voted Youth Representative and Maya Blackman was voted Deputy Youth Representative.

Whakaue was born in Rotorua to parents who champion Te Reo Māori and regenerating the traditions of their tupuna through practice of kawa, tikanga and other ceremonies. Whakaue is bilingual and attends Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Te Kōutu where he is a year 12 student.

Maya is a year 12 student at Western Heights High School is excited to part of a group of rangatahi who want to make a change and create the wonderful memories involving the museum for future generations.

Join the group

If anyone is interested in finding out more about the Rotorua Museum Youth Group – Te Pukenga Taiohi o Te Whare Taonga o Te Arawa please view the following info sheets, or email Canaan.

Rotorua Museum Youth Groups Roles and Responsibilities
Rotorua Museum Youth Group Registrations and Consent

Canaan Tuhura
07 351 8393

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