We see ourselves as weavers as much as leaders. Together, we knit an ecosystem that supports young people to thrive.

Whatu Raranga | 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.