Ngā rongokōrero – News

The latest news from and about Inspiring the Future Aotearoa.

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Volunteers – at the heart of Inspiring the Future

This week is Te Wiki Tūao ā-Motu – National Volunteer Week, a good time for us to pause and take stock on the inspiration and motivation our volunteer role models have shared with young people through Inspiring the Future events.

20 June 2024

Volunteers – at the heart of Inspiring the Future
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Ākonga discover thousands of pathways beyond school

Principals, teachers and career coordinators from four schools across New Zealand give insight into how Inspiring the Future opened students' minds to all jobs that are out there, and helped challenge their internal biases. For example, students at Waitakaruru School thought a 25-year-old Māori loan partner was a model based on what they saw in front of them.

22 February 2024

Ākonga discover thousands of pathways beyond school
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Why I love my job: Local youth inspired

Inspiring the Future hit the mark in Ashburton last week, where 27 young people got to talk to 10 local volunteers about their jobs, as well as the mayor and deputy mayor.

21 February 2024

Why I love my job: Local youth inspired
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Inspiring Christchurch youth not in education, employment or training

A recent Inspiring the Future event in Christchurch focused on 16–24 year-olds who are not in education, employment or training. We held the event at Tūranga, Christchurch City Libraries, in collaboration with Connected NZ and Te Tahi Youth.

13 December 2023

Inspiring Christchurch youth not in education, employment or training
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STEM inspiration at Hillmorton High School

Over 200 Year 9 ākonga recently got inspired about careers at an Inspiring the Future event at Hillmorton High School in Christchurch. The role models came from a range of career pathways related to STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths).

4 October 2023

STEM inspiration at Hillmorton High School
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Porirua schools get inspired

Earlier this year, we teamed up with Porirua City Council (PCC) and three schools to connect career role models with ākonga in Porirua. Corinna School, Plimmerton School and Postgate School each ran an Inspiring the Future event in May with local volunteer role models, including the Mayor of Porirua City, Anita Baker.

26 September 2023

Porirua schools get inspired
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Inspiring Rotorua rangatahi about tech and innovation

Rangatahi found out about careers in tech and innovation at an Inspiring the Future event at the Rotorua Careers Expo on 17 May. We asked the organisers how it went.

11 August 2023

Inspiring Rotorua rangatahi about tech and innovation
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Go with Tourism’s ‘Inspiring the Future’ career famil

Go with Tourism and their eight tourism and hospitality role models inspired rangatahi at a full-day ‘career famil’ last week. Rangatahi got tours of the Crowne Plaza Auckland, saw staff carry out daily tasks, and heard how a hotel works behind the scenes. The event took inspiration from the ‘familiarisation tours’ – AKA ‘famils’ – often run in tourism.

21 July 2023

Go with Tourism ‘Inspiring the Future’ career famil
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Let’s connect schools and communities to the football action

Help tamariki discover career pathways in sport during the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023™. If you work in sport, you can volunteer to showcase your jobs to students. If you’re a teacher you can invite volunteers to have a kōrero with students about their jobs.

9 May 2023

Let’s connect schools and communities to the football action
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Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is a rewarding experience that can be life-changing. You can improve your mental wellbeing, make a difference for a young person and advance your career.

6 April 2021

Benefits of volunteering
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Inspiring the Future in the school holidays

Wellington City Council school holiday programmes helped young people get inspired about their future, with Inspiring the Future events held in the school holidays for the first time.

14 December 2022

Inspiring the Future in the school holidays
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Inspiring futures, building community

Inspiring the Future events hosted at Newtown School fostered the school’s values, including cultural identity, personal achievement and life skills.

12 December 2022

Inspiring futures, building community
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Down on the farm with Food and Fibre Futures

Manurewa High School and Papakura High School students visited Donald’s Farm for a day of fun and learning about the work that happens on a farm, and about different careers in food and fibre.

12 December 2022

Down on the farm with Food and Fibre Futures