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.