Āhuatanga Rangatahi | Young Person-centred
- Identifies the cultural connections that young people have
- Recognises that young people do not exist in isolation from others
- Tips the balance of power in young people’s favour
- Works with young people from a strengths-based approach so they can achieve their full potential
- Works holistically, taking into account all of the obligations, opportunities, potential and limitations that exist for young people
- Fosters young people’s identity development, social skills, emotional learning and cultural development
- Maintains unconditional positive regard for young people even if they are exhibiting challenging behaviours.
Āhua Whānaunga | Relationship-focused
- Works to strengthen positive relationships between young people and their whānau, their communities or hapū, peer groups and institutions (e.g. education, health and justice systems)
- Nurtures quality relationships between young people and youth workers
- Nurtures respectful and non-judgmental attitudes
- Promotes fun, dynamism and creativity
- Values the worth in all young people
- Promotes inclusive approaches that recognise all young people have different strengths and needs
- Allows young people to develop their unique identity
- Assists young people in adjusting to change and harnessing opportunities.
Tikanga me te Horopaki | Culture and Context
- Upholds the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi and seeks to support Māori leadership over Māori communities and taonga
- Recognises the cultural, historical, economic, social and political contexts that young people live in
- Seeks to understand and respect young people within their cultural context
- Affirms the diversity of young people and other groups within society
- Actively confronts discrimination
- Acknowledges the value and diversity of spirituality
- Encourages service to others and unconditional giving
- Respects the environments (including natural ecology) we live in.
Iwi Whānui|Community Contributors
- Encourages young people to be agents of change – both relational and systemic
- Values young people as contributors to society
- Advocates active participation of young people in their communities
- Encourages and supports young people to take responsibility as active members of whānau, hapū, iwi, places of learning and work and peer groups
- Encourages and supports young people to take responsibility as active global, national and local citizens.