He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR)

He Poutama Rangatahi is a pilot initiative focused on tackling youth unemployment. It aims to support communities to develop pathways for rangatahi (aged 15-24) that are not currently in employment, education or training (NEETs) and take them through to sustained employment underpinned by intensive pastoral care.

In January 2018, the Government announced $13.275 million in funding for pilot HPR programmes in Te Taitokerau, Eastern Bay of Plenty, Gisborne/Tairāwhiti and Hawke’s Bay focused on tackling youth unemployment. HPR supports communities to take advantage of these opportunities by helping their young people become ‘work-ready’, while supporting employers to invest in bringing local rangatahi into their workforce.


Applications for funding should align with HPR priorities and criteria, and answer these questions:

  1. How does the proposal support and coordinate a purposeful and effective system that enables sustained employment?
  2. How does the proposal provide effective support for rangatahi most at risk of long term unemployment?

The proposal should also demonstrate how the proposed activity is:

  • relevant: by being community-led, with goals that address community aspirations and local opportunities by making use of relevant expertise to link rangatahi to employment, and that is responsive to local rangatahi, local employers and the local context.
  • inclusive / collaborative: by creating partnerships between and within communities and government, and those most impacted (employers and youth) who can make a difference.
  • coherent: by making use of local knowledge, relationships, and relevant expertise, using existing services, programmes, and infrastructure wherever possible.
  • credible / transparent: proposals must adopt clear, credible, transparent processes and be evidence-based for learning and accountability purposes.

How to apply

All HPR applicants must complete an application form.

Application form [DOCX 101KB]

It is recommended that applicants also read MBIE's terms and Conditions for funding before applying to HPR.

MBIE’s Terms and Conditions [PDF 79KB]

Projects will be assessed to ensure these criteria are being met and that outcomes are being delivered to rangatahi, employers and the broader community. There are no application rounds for the Fund.

Please email HPR@mbie.govt.nz for any further advice and information, and to send your completed application form.


He Poutama Rangatahi (HPR) is overseen by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) with operational governance by relevant Senior Regional Officials and regional coordinating groups to ensure it fits with regional priorities.

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