Born and raised in Lower Hutt, 27 year-old Tihou Weepu journeyed south five years ago
to Arahura – a defining moment that has set him on a path of igniting developing
rangatahi potential.
“When I moved back I felt instant connection to whānau and whenua and realised I was
home for good.”
In 2015 Tihou was the recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Scholarship, which
awarded him $100,000 to put towards the creation of a rangatahi kaupapa now known as
Tuia Te Tai Poutini. He is employed by WestREAP (Rural Education Activities Programme)
as a Kaitautoko Rangatahi. His role is to co-facilitate leadership wānanga, and develop
new and innovative ways to help rangatahi build connection to people and place.