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About us

About us

Ara Taiohi is the peak body for youth development. We are a national membership-based organisation with over 750 personal and organisational members representing a diverse range of groups across New Zealand. 

We were set up to support people who work with young people to be more connected, effective and accountable.

Our mission is to support people who work with young people, and thereby enhance youth development so that young people thrive and our kaupapa is for the wellbeing of taiohi and the people who support them.

‘Ara’ means ‘pathway, lane, passageway to/from’ and ‘taiohi’ means ‘young person’ in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Ara Taiohi - Pathway to and from young people.

The organisation was created by the New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD) and the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa (NYWNA) and officially launched in November 2010 at the Involve Conference in Auckland.

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