Wairoa rangatahi Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond has received the supreme GirlBoss ‘Trailblazer Award’ for her work developing young Māori leaders.

She was recognised at the inaugural GirlBoss Awards ceremony in Auckland on Wednesday 19 September.

Rahiri co-founded Project Rangatahi which aims to connect young Māori with internships, mentors and opportunities to help them succeed in their careers.

Says the Te Kura Kaupapa Maori o Ngati Kahungunu o Te Wairoa Year 13 tauira: “I have been really honoured to have really good girl-bosses in my life, such as my mother and my grandmother.”

GirlBoss Awards are focused on celebrating New Zealand’s future female leaders and chief executives. This year’s inaugural awards received more than 400 nominations from all around Aotearoa.

Rahiri is one of only six other young wahine to receive an award, and the only supreme award winner.

She co-founded Project Rangatahi with business partner Tahemata Robinson earlier this year, and is hoping to grow the business nationally.

Tātau Tātau o Te Wairoa is very proud of you Rahiri!

You can read the full NZ Herald and Hawkes Bay Today article here.

To find out more about Project Rangatahi, click here.


Image: Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond. Photo / Supplied.