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Our devices can shield us from our reality

Our challenge
In 2012 the United Nations ruled that internet access is a basic human right.

A future without digital exclusion

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Our Work
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai was set up in partnership with children and young people who have experienced the care system. We’re proud to have been a part of supporting VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai in their ongoing work to advocate for our young people in care.
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Paki waitara

Stories that hold our histories and shape our future.

Here at Te Rourou, we started writing a story two decades ago. It was a story of change, towards a vision for an Aotearoa where all rangatahi can thrive.

Celebrating 20 years of Te Rourou,

Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation

Ka mua, ka muri

We look back, to move forward

This 20 year milestone is an opportunity to pause and reflect on our past. Many hands have helped to write the story of who we are today. A story that has helped strengthen communities, ignite dreams and expand possibilities. Join us as we reflect on each chapter, and welcome the next.

20 Years

20 Stories of Change

Over the years we have partnered with hundreds of extraordinary kiwis around Aotearoa who are working hard to improve the lives of rangatahi. Here are the stories of just 20 of them. Each is making a difference in their own way, whether providing safe spaces, fighting for equal opportunity, encouraging new skills or inspiring future leaders. Meet these passionate change-makers.

Stories of Change

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Maddy de Young
Bailey Ives
Fiona Stewart
Annabel Prescott
Jordan Peipi
Jono Campbell
Karla Sanders
David Graham
Sarah Longbottom
Joel Mudford
Jonelle McDowall
Elliot Taylor
Marcus Powell
Tupua Ulrich
Shana Malio-Satele
Bianca Johnson
Mapihi Kahurangi Davis
Mya Kairau
Tania Hubber
Jana Davis

Our Mahi

We’re proud to be one of the largest corporate philanthropic funders in Aotearoa.

In our first 20 years, from 2002 - 2022 we partnered with Vodafone to invest over $47 million, supporting more than 1,000 community organisations. We have an ambitious goal to halve the number of excluded and disadvantaged young people in Aotearoa.

Past mahi

Over the years we’ve provided wrap-around support to a number of individuals and organisations - from funding to mentoring, to technological advancements.

The world of difference
Change Accelerator
Vodafone Dream Lab
Our focus today

Today, our focus is on how we can best target our investments and influence systems to create sustainable and measurable change.

Systems Change
Thriving in Murihiku
Digital Inclusion
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Digital Exclusion

Our devices can shield us from reality

Digital Exclusion

Our devices can shield us from reality

The challenge
In 2012 the United Nations ruled that internet access is a basic human right.

A future without digital exclusion

Here in Aotearoa, thousands of young people are still experiencing digital exclusion. It goes beyond just an internet connection – it’s the opportunity to access the tools, knowledge and digital understanding that enable young people to participate fully in the world.

The Vodafone Foundation is using digital technology

and the power of community to create a more

equitable Aotearoa.

What we're doing
We're using our digital technologies and capabilities to contribute to a solution and create more equitable opportunities for all young people in Aotearoa.
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Advocating for those in care

Despite best efforts in Aotearoa, the care system is fundamentally flawed

The Challenge
There are 5,900 children and young people in our care system, and 18,000 part of the system in some other way.

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai

We supported the creation of VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, an independent advocacy organisation set up in partnership with children and young people who have experienced the care system. VOYCE aims to amplify the voices of children and young people in care in all decisions made about them.

What we're doing
We’re proud to have been a part of supporting VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai in their ongoing work to advocate for our young people in care.
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Thriving in murihiku – the invercargill initiative

Creating bright futures with Murihiku’s young people

The Challenge
23% of Invercargill’s young people experience exclusion and disadvantage.

Thriving in Murihiku

We know incredible work is happening locally to try and build a bright future for these rangatahi – and we want to help by making a long-term investment in the Invercargill community and partnering with local organisations to fast-track the aspirations of young people.

Below are two of the initiatives that we support.

Drive My Life

A successful licensing programme with the power to change lives.

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Future Skills Hub

A space where young Māori can reconnect with culture and explore opportunities to expand the possibilities of their future.

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Future Skills Hub

A space where young Māori can reconnect with culture and explore opportunities to expand the possibilities of their future.

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Our Vision
We have a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive.

Making that a reality

Right now, 20% of young people in Aotearoa are overburdened and under-resourced. These young people are being locked out of opportunity by systems and experiences beyond their control and face ongoing, complex challenges to their health, their education, and their relationships. Our aim is to change that.

Ma te huru, ka rere te manu

With feathers, the bird can fly

Te Rourou is committed to creating a more equitable Aotearoa for all rangitahi. One where every young person has a sense of agency, where they can live a life they value with an equal chance to dream freely.

What's next
Now it's time for the next chapter, as we continue to grow with deeper work, longer plans and braver goals. Because our story isn't told, until every young person is free to write their own.
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