Kahurangi Taylor is a young woman of Ngati Te Ata descent who was born and bred in Waiuku, South Auckland. Amongst other things she is a project manager, board member, former Miss New Zealand and science graduate who is passionate about seeing Māori ambitions become reality. She is a current recipient of the Vodafone World of Difference Award which means she is funded for one year to work with young people. In the past two months, Kahurangi has been able to establish a new youth organisation, physically build a youth centre, create a social enterprise run by young people and fund four new staff members – all whilst doing a Master’s degree in Business.