“Kia mau ki Tua Whakarere, Hei werohia āpōpō” 

Accept the Past to Challenge the Future

Together we are creating resilient Aotearoa.

Rangatahi ki te Rangatira

Transforming our young adults into future leaders.

Young adults in our communities are struggling, disconnected from their indigenous ways of knowing and being. 

We are now seeing significant deprivation of wealth and loss of identity in our communities. The conventional way of top down, hand out approach has failed to address this issue. 

Accept the past to challenge the future.

The mission of ARA ATU is to help our young people to rediscover their true potential, mentally and physically, to prepare them to become the future leaders of our whanau and communities.

What We Do

A social enterprise offering purpose driven leadership programmes.
Our programmes embrace three pillars of leadership, whatumanawa, poutokomanawa and pumanawa.


Empowering Rangatahi with knowledge.


Enhancing the physical wellbeing of Rangatahi and whanau.


Uplifting whanau and professionals with cultural understanding.

"Rangatahi with knowledge and a strong body surrounded by a supportive whanau will become better Rangatira."

Discover yourself.

Get ready for a rapidly changing world.

Step up and tackle the world.

Cultural responsiveness.