In July 2017 Upper Hutt Multicultural Council took a van load of multicultural youth reps from the Wellington region up to Rotorua for the E Tu Whanau PALMS Rangitahi Symposium. Nine of the twelve reps came from Upper Hutt, and it brought them completely out of their shells. It was very empowering to be able to relax in a youth-owned space, and really feel comfortable being themselves with 120 other rangitahi from around the country.
The hui was a chance for rangatahi from tangata whenua, pasifika and diverse communities to learn about and connect under the E Tū Whānau umbrella of “PALMS” – Peaceful Action Leadership Movements. The palm tree is found throughout the world – in the Pacific, the desert, the rainforest and in Aotearoa. It symbolises the network of rangatahi working towards the E Tū Whānau vision.
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