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Jul 15

Ma te mohio ka marama: through knowledge comes light

Ko Anya Satyanand ahau. I'm the newest member of the Ara Taiohi whānau and I'm full of excitement, hope, heart and pride to be introducing myself as this great organisation's new EO.

Ngā Kete o te Wānanga
Ma te rongo ka mohio/Through perception comes awareness
Ma te mohio ka marama/Through awareness comes understanding
Ma te marama ka matau/Through understanding comes knowledge
Ma te matau ka ora/Through knowledge comes well being


Tihei Mauriora!

Tēnā koutou katoa

Ko Anya Satyanand ahau. I'm the newest member of the Ara Taiohi whānau and I'm full of excitement, hope, heart and pride to be introducing myself as this great organisation's new EO.

My own whakapapa stretches out through the mighty Pacific from Te Whanganui a Tara where I'm growing up with my kids right now. My family's stories stretch from Auckland through Sydney, Ba and Sigatoka, out to Chennai, Uttar Pradesh, the Bay of Biscay, Aberdeen, Denmark.

Whakapapa is important. It grounds us, it gives us a place to stand and a voice to speak with. It connects us with our purpose, and gives us a sense of the future by storying our past.

Ara Taiohi has a proud whakapapa and the legacies and history of NZAAHD and NYWNA provide us with a strong base to meet the current challenges for our vibrant and diverse sector and those challenges which lie ahead.

Our purpose lies in four strands: to connect the sector, to raise the standards, to champion youth development and to promote sustainability in the way that we all work with young people.

Ara Taiohi is the peak body for the youth sector - we are a strong voice on issues affecting young people and those working with them in Aotearoa/NZ right now. We represent over 750 individuals and organisations working with young people across the country, across the spectrum of work with young people.

Our strength as a sector lies in the sheer breadth of this work and in the way that our mahi, though diverse in form, is part of the same project. The people who are working with taiohi in NZ have never needed a strong unified voice more, because this work takes place in a political landscape where the kaupapa of youth development has been significantly eroded since the Youth Development Strategy was launched.

It's time to step up, stand up, speak up in recognition of our shared kaupapa: to support and challenge all young people to lift their sights toward a healthy, connected and hopeful future.

My background is secondary education. Over the last 15 years, working in schools in Canterbury, South London and Wellington, I’ve learned a lot about young people and the media, and the importance of culturally responsive, collaborative, strengths based approaches to student wellbeing. I bring a fierce belief that we’ve got to work together to help our young people reach the stars that belong to them. I've got a lot to learn about how we can make this happen, and I'm eager to learn about you and your work and your perspective on the youth sector.

I’m planning to chart my course of learning through this blog. I will post about what we’re doing at Ara Taiohi and where we’re headed. I want to profile inspirational people in our world and useful thinking from outside it. This will mean regular posts and guest voices to inspire, to challenge, to provoke and to connect with.

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