Youth Services

Mātātahi Mataora

Nau mai haere mai ki te Mātātahi Mataora, Te Wānanga o Aotearoa Youth Services Waikato!

Youth Services is a dedicated team within Te Wānanga o Aotearoa that supports rangatahi to engage in education and achieve positive outcomes.

We help rangatahi identify their skills, set goals, connect or reconnect to education, get work ready and much more.

We work with a wide range of training providers to help rangatahi make positive choices that can lead to a future career. We also have relationships with health and social service agencies that can support rangatahi wellbeing.

Youth Services is for eligible young people aged between 16 and 20 years old and we cover the following areas:

  • Hamilton South & West
  • Waipa
  • Raglan
  • Matamata-Piako
  • Hauraki
  • Thames-Coromandel

How Youth Services work

Each rangatahi has a youth worker who supports and mentors rangatahi to identify goals and develop a personalised plan to assist towards an independent future. There are two types of services offered.


This is a voluntary service for 16 and 17 year olds who are Not in Employment, Education or Training (NEET) or at risk of becoming NEET. We introduce rangatahi to education opportunities in the community and tautoko (support) their journey towards furthering their skill base. We have contacts with private training establishments (PTEs), tertiary providers and schools.

Learn more about NEET

Youth Payment or Young Parent Payment

This service is for eligible rangatahi who are 16-17 years old and not financially supported by whanau or caregivers (see the criteria on the link below, or visit the page here); or are aged 16-20 years old and have dependent children and need financial support. Like the NEET service, we introduce rangatahi to education opportunities, as well as social and health supports to encourage rangatahi wellbeing.

There are obligations that rangatahi will need to meet to qualify for this financial support, including engaging with us (the Youth Service Provider), completing a parenting and/or budgeting programme, and being actively engaged in education, training or work-based learning.

Learn more about Youth Payment

Other youth programmes

Budgeting workshops*

A one-day workshop that teaches the skills to help young people competently manage their finances.

Parenting Workshops**

This parenting workshop provides an overview of child development and includes subjects such as brain development, what to expect by age and stage, keeping children safe and offers support around conscious parenting, stress and behaviour management.

Learner licensing workshops

A three-day workshop that provides a detailed overview of the road code and prepares participants to confidently sit their learner driver licensing theory test. This workshop has limited spaces throughout the year and eligibility conditions apply.

*Youth Payment and young Parent Payment cients only **Young Parent Payment clients only:

Contact us

0800 824 644 or 07 848 9130 Te Wānanga o Aotearoa, 510 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton or email

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