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Our goals & strategies

Ara Taiohi's work is guided by the following four goals. The kaupapa and outcomes stated here relate to the 2014-2019 Strategic Plan. ​

Whatu Raranga (weaving) - Strategic Framework

Ara is the guiding edge in weaving anything from the quickly crafted rourou to the magnificent korowai which could take up to a year to create. Collectively known as Ngā Taonga a Hine-Te-Iwa-Iwa, the many forms of weaving allow for innovation and creativity even though they have changed little over centuries. As such, this Māori conceptual framework enhances Ara Taiohi’s identity as a Treaty-based organisation; recalls its whakapapa from NZAAHD and NYWNA; and ensures that tikanga and kaupapa Māori remain integral to its strategic planning and operation.

This framework aligns with the goals of Ara Taiohi:

  • Rourou: whakawhanaungatanga – connecting the sector
  • Kete: whakamanatanga - raise the standards
  • Korowai: taiohitanga - champion youth development
  • Waikawa: rōnakitanga - promote sustainability

Rourou: the basic food basket

Symbolises: manaakitanga and whanaungatanga as expressed in the whakatauki: Nāku te rourou nāu te rourou, ka ora ai te iwi - with your basket and my basket the people will thrive.

Represents: caucus, networks, hui, fono, AGM.

Kete: regular use basket that ranges from simple to intricate

Symbolises: Ngā Kete o te Wānanga (baskets of knowledge) : te Kete Tuauri, te Kete Tuatea, te Kete Aronui.

Represents: improvement through resources and training.

Korowai: finely woven cloak

Symbolises: leadership, advocacy, protection, health and well-being.

Represents: Kaumatua, Kaihautū, the Board and sector leaders.

Waikawa: a rough, sturdy basket made to carry & store kumara–basic sustenance.

Symbolises: durability and hard work.

Represents: the basics of sustaining the organisation which includes funding, good systems and support for staff and volunteers.

Goal 1: Ngā Rourou o Ara Taiohi: Connect the Sector - Whakawhanaungatanga

Kaupapa: Connect the youth sector by fostering a nationwide movement of people and entities who work with young people.

What this looks like:

  • Opportunities for the youth sector to connect nationally, regionally and digitally are championed
  • Mapping those who work with young people in youth development, health, education, justice, social service and other sectors
  • Effective local, regional and national relationships across youth networks and people who work with young people.

Kaupapa: Raise the standards and accountability of those who work with young people

What this looks like:

  • Information, resources and training widely available and accessible.
  • Policies impacting on young people are based on evidence, research and best practice.
  • There are clear pathways for recognition of qualifications and experience,  from a youth development perspective, specific to working with young people.
  • Training on and practice of the Youth Work Code of Ethics is sector wide.
  • A professional body for youth workers is established.

Kaupapa:  Champion youth development through effective leadership and a cohesive voice.

What this looks like:

  • Ara Taiohi is recognised as an authority on young people and those who work with them.
  • Ara Taiohi co-ordinates sector views on issues affecting young people and those who work with them.
  • There is a positive change in public attitudes to young people and those who work with them.

Purpose: Demonstrate effective management and ensure Ara Taiohi is a sustainable organisation.

What this looks like:

  • Effective resource and financial management.
  • Increased funding and partnerships.
  • Skilled and competent staff and governance.