Te Ao Taiohi is impacted by big picture influences such as social and economic contexts and dominant cultural values. It includes Te Tiriti o Waitangi, the effects of colonisation in Aotearoa, local, national and international legislation and policy that impacts young people. Awareness of Te Ao Taiohi ensures actions are not judged purely on the surface, but with an understanding of systemic influences that affect young people. Young people are supported to engage with the dynamics in their changing world.
He manu hou ahau, he pī ka rere
I am a young bird, a chick just learning to fly
This stands for a young person or one just learning a skill.
(Mead & Grove, 2004)