Carey Students to attend Aspiring Young Leaders Forum

Carey students Manaakinui and Caleb Te Kahu have been selected to attend the Aspiring Young Leaders Forum in Wellington in July.

The Forum is an annual event on faith and values bringing together a diverse group of committed and courageous young leaders from across Aotearoa New Zealand.

Caleb and Manaakinui’s passion for others and humble involvement in last semesters Te Ao Maori course assisting the class lecturers were two aspects of why they were rewarded with a nomination to attend the Forum. The aspiring leaders reveal “at the heart of who we are is God. Being able to love him, and serve humanity is what describes us best”.

Baptist Union Kaihautu David Moko nominated Caleb and Manaakinui. David has been involved with Aspiring Leaders Forum for a number of years and Manatū Iriiri Māori (MIM). has a philosophy toward emerging leaders opportunities, which a relationship with ALF offers significant value to. “Over the years MIM have nominated and sponsored some of our emerging Māori leaders within our Baptist networks to attend ALF with promising results”.

Carey is proud to provide financial support to help Manaakinui and Caleb attend the Forum. “We feel so blessed having Caleb and Nui as part of our student community. The Carey leadership philosophy comes from Ephesians 4:2 and these guys exude humility, gentleness, patience, and love for others. We had no hesitation in helping them attend the Aspiring Leaders Forum” says Charles Hewlett.

Ka mau te wehi!

Read their personal message below:

Ko takitimu raua Ko ngatokimatawhaoroa nga waka

Ko tawhirirangi raua Ko whakataha nga maunga

Ko mohaka raua Ko waitangi nga awa

Ko Nga Puhi raua Ko Ngati Kahungunu nga iwi

Tihei mauri ora

Kia ora, we are Caleb and Manaakinui Te Kahu, two students studying at Carey Baptist College. We have just completed our first semester and are growing in many ways. Our involvement with the Te Ao Maori course was definitely a highlight and it was a huge honour to see what the Bi-cultural could look like. Our main role was to assist Sandy and Te umu tirama (the class lecturers) on upholding kawa Carey, and journeying with students on things maori. Recently, we have been nominated and accepted to attend The Aspiring Leaders Forum, a medium used to inspire and elevate young people’s expectations of leadership. This is a massive honour and privilege as we get to represent those who we have walked with in the past, to walk forward into the future. We don’t ask for much, and we are those unassuming Maori’s in the back row saying “ooosh” to everything deep in wisdom and enjoying break times playing table tennis;but at the heart of who we are is Io, God. Being able to love him, and serve humanity is what describes us best.