Lucas Walters
Community Champion (Rangatahi 1)
Growing up in Te Tai Tokerau and being surrounded by Māori leaders have heightened my interest in kaupapa Māori. And, through involvement with youth advocacy in the local board and government, I have also grown a keenness for the development of Rangatahi and community. Working for the Generator has allowed me to use my lived and work-related experience for the social and economic benefit of young people and my hope for Rangatahi is that they are given the same opportunity to apply their own knowledge and experiences to an enterprise. Research has shown that successful Māori and Pasifika enterprises place culture at the center of their work, and I believe Rangatahi are the future who will sustain and enhance this model. In my own time I enjoy gardening, reading New Zealand short stories and poetry, and writing creative nonfiction.