About Us


Ara Taiohi is committed to partnership and collaboration that minimises duplication and enhances our work for the benefit the young people of Aotearoa.

Key Partnerships and Collaborations

Review of the principles of youth development

The Ministry of Youth Development, the Vodafone Foundation and Ara Taiohi are collaborating to review the principles of youth development, previously expressed in the Youth Development Strategy of Aotearoa (2002). Consultation with over 400 youth workers, government departments that work with young people, and philanthropic supporters was collated by CSI (Centre for Social Impact) and resulted in the Youth Development Ecosystem – An Evidence Review.

This led the partners to conclude the existing six principles of youth development are sound, but need to be updated to reflect the reality of young people and youth development in 2019, and the rich cultural heritage of Aotearoa. In reviewing the principles 4 vital strands are being woven together. These are the voice of taiohi (young people), kaimahi (youth workers and practitioners), Te Ao Māori and rangahau (Aotearoa-based literature and evidence).

The principles of youth development inform all strategy, policy and legislation that relates to the young people of Aotearoa and are due for release late 2019.

Sector Leadership Rōpū

The Sector Leadership Rōpū provides strategic advice to Ara Taiohi’s Board and supports our work towards meeting the agreed objectives. In 2015, a group of CEO’s and decision makers in large national and regional organisations (now the Sector Leadership Rōpū) mandated Ara Taiohi to lead the wider youth development sector. The Rōpū hosts a semi-annual summit for sector leaders, focused on agreed key strategic objectives (currently to define the sector, map the sector and set youth development organisational standards).

Te Ngākau Kahukura

Rainbow Training and Guidance for the Youth Sector

This work is building on the Rainbow Ready resource that was developed by Ara Taiohi and RainbowYOUTH. Over the last year, we’ve been working with Rainbow community organisations across Aotearoa to grow this work into a national resource. Te Ngākau Kahukura is a partnership with Rainbow communities, held within the organisational structure of Ara Taiohi.


Involve is the biennial national youth development conference. It’s a space for the youth sector to come together, to connect, share, learn, grow and celebrate our diversity and strengths.

Involve is hosted by a collaboration of friends: Ara Taiohi, the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network, The Society for Youth Health Professionals and The Collaborative Trust.

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148 Collective

We are lucky to share our work space with three other amazing youth and community organisations: Youthline Wellington, Outerspaces and Community Research.

International Links

The Commonwealth Alliance of Youth Workers Associations (CAYWA) brings together national and regional organisations and is the official voice of youth work professionals in the 52 member countries of the Commonwealth. Our CEO, Jane Zintl holds a board position on CAYWA.

Australasian Peak Bodies: Leaders of State and National youth peak bodies meet quarterly to share and enhance our mahi. Leaders of State and National youth peak bodies meet quarterly to share and enhance our mahi.

Core Community Leaders Programme:  In February 2018, Ara Taiohi’s Communications & Youth Week Coordinator, Shannan travelled to Japan as part of the Community Core Leaders Development Program. She was part of the New Zealand Field of Youth team that worked alongside colleagues from Austria, Germany and Japan. Ara Taiohi nominated our board member Morgan-Jean Butler to participate in the 2019 Community Core Leaders Development Program.

Cross Currents Youth Worker Conference: Brought leaders in Youth Work from the Commonwealth and across Europe together to connect, learn and grow the understanding of youth work internationally.
Read the 3rd Commonwealth YWC Concept Note and Programme pdf


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