Te Roopu Haurongo
Caritas has supports a project in which kuia and kaumātua (elders) have been supporting whānau (families) of rangatahi (young people) facing difficulties in the Bay of Plenty.
Te Roopu Haurongo is a group that was set up by local kuia and kaumātua to support youth and families in the area. These elders had identified struggles faced by their own community and wished to address the matter directly with the creation of this group by offering their local whānau support in ways that other groups were not. Kuia and kaumātua accompany youth to Te Kooti Rangatahi, a marae-based youth court. The elders provide perspective and wisdom to support the rangatahi and their whanau during these sessions.
Being driven by their passion to work and make a difference within whānau and community the group continues to work in areas of Te Teko, Taneatua and Whakatane.