At only 17 years old, Rahiri Makuini Edwards-Hammond is making a huge impact. 

She's the CEO and co-founder of Project Rangatahi and is the youngest speaker to present at the Federation of Māori Authorities (FOMA'sannual Huihuinga Wahine - Māori Women's Leadership Summit. 

While this leader is a student at Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngāti Kahungunu o Te Wairoa, she's already finished her Bachelors of Health Promotion, Sport and Exercise Sciences. 

Edwards-Hammond says that best part of being involved in the summit is being able to give rangatahi perspectives a voice. 

"Kia rongona te reo rangatahi, arā, kia noho tahi ki ēnei mana wāhine ki ēnei rangatira o ināianei, kia whai i ō mātou mātauranga kia whakarewa ai i ō mātou ake mahi tērā pea ā tōna wā ka eke ki ō rātou taumata."

With all the success she's had, she's also been chosen by Young Enterprise Trust to head to Colombia next January.

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