25. Māramatia Aotearoa | Understanding Aotearoa

25.1 Youth workers will take personal responsibility to participate in ongoing training on Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Reo me ona Tikanga Māori, and apply this learning where appropriate.

25.2 Youth workers will acknowledge our shared histories and past and present power relationships between different groups of people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

25.3 Youth workers will acknowledge there is a unique relationship between Tikanga Māori and good youth development practice in Aotearoa New Zealand – and will recognise the important role this relationship can play in nation-building.

25.4 Youth workers will acknowledge the importance of whakapapa and will explore their own cultural heritage.

25.5 Youth workers have an obligation to acquire legal knowledge, including Acts of Parliament, public policies and strategies that impact on young people.

26. Mana Akoranga | Training and Professional Development

26.1 Youth workers will make it a priority to participate in formal and informal training and professional development (e.g. courses, forums, conferences and debates) to enhance and support their practice. It is recognised that needs vary and access to training opportunities can be limited.

26.2 Youth workers will develop their practice by regularly reflecting on attitudes and methods, and seeking feedback from young people, their organisation and other professionals. They will be open to new knowledge, theories and practices.

26.3 Youth workers are encouraged to consider and reflect on their long- term career path.

26.4 Youth workers will have knowledge and understanding of this Code of Ethics and how it applies to their work.

27. Rangahau me Wāriutanga | Research and Evaluation

27.1 Good youth work is informed by relevant research and evidence. Youth workers will source local, national and international research that will enhance their knowledge and skill base.

27.2 Youth workers will ensure their work is evaluated (this may be formal or informal) to promote ongoing learning and improvement.

Te Karakia Otinga

He taua, he taua, he taua, Kia hiwa ra, kia hiwa ra,

Na te kauwae runga, Ki te kauwae raro,

Mai e a Rangi-nui ki a Papa-tu-a-nuku, Mai e a Papa-tu-a-nuku ki a Rangi-nui,

Ko raua te hononga, Na raua enei hononga,

Hononga hakapiripiri, Hononga kotahitanga,

Uhia mai wairua, Uhia mai kikokiko

Uhia mai tapu, Uhia mai noa,

Hakatau mai e, Hakatau mai e,

Hakatau mai e, Haumi e, hui e, Taiki e.