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Mihimihi

James Makowharemahihi JP Kaumatua Ara Taiohi

Tihei mauri ora!

Tuia I runga, tuia I raro, tuia I roto, tuia I waho, tuia te here tāngata

Ka rongo te pō, ka rongo te ao,

Tūturu whakamaua kia tina – hui e – tāiki e!

E ngā mana, e ngā reo.

Tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Koutou mai nga pito o te motu ka huihui mai nei tatou ki te kaupapa korero e pā ana ki rongoā āraimate.

Kia whai korōria hōnore hareruia kia Ihoa o Ngā Mano Tuauriuri whaioioi

ki tonu ki te rangi me te whenua.

Maungārongo ki te whenua ki Aotearoa nei, ahakoa ngā mauiuitanga ki te whenua, ki te wao whanui ki nga Taiohi, me Taitamariki I te motu e pā ana ki ngā māuiui a te COVID na te ao.

Whakaaro pai ki ngā tāngata katoa, ki ngā Taiohi me o rātou whānau mataku ki te COVID.

Tōku whakatauki:

“Ko ngā pae tawhiti whaia kia tata, ko ngā pae tata whakamaua kia tina.”

(The potential for tomorrow depends upon what we do today)

Tiaki o whakapapa, whenua, whānau.

Nō reira kia kaha ki te mau te kōrero, tika, pono, marama ki tōna hinengaro, ngākau, mānawa.

Kia piki te ora, kaha mārama kia koutou

Tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa.

Driving Principles

  • Ethically speaking, how we talk with young people around COVID-19 is the same as for how we talk to young people about any topic where a youth worker holds strong beliefs. While we focus on vaccinations for this document, the principles can be translated into other areas.
  • We note that immunocompromised people and others with health conditions may not be in a position to be able to have the vaccine based on the advice of a medical professional.
  • Be aware of all the circumstances that might be impacting the young people, for example a young person living with a disability may not be able to travel to a Vaccination Centre.
  • We recommend Motivational interviewing techniques for working out the place that a young person is coming from, rather than centering the youth workers own beliefs (whichever way they fall).
  • Promotion of misinformation by youth workers can be chaotic for young people and may take advantage of their potential vulnerability. Where possible replace misinformation with trustworthy mātauranga.
  • Irrespective of your views on vaccinations ensure you are respecting the COVID-related requirements, including level restrictions, contact tracing, staying home if sick and handwashing.

Mana Taiohi

The national youth development principles of Mana Taiohi form the foundation of how we engage ethically with young people, including around vaccinations. The principles are grouped to focus on

Recognise the mana of young people; and

Uplift the mana of young people

Recognising the mana of young people means people who work with young people:

  • Fuel the Mauri, the inherent life spark of young people, supporting the development of their identity
    • How do you as a youth worker uphold the Mauri of young people when it comes to making decisions?
  • With young people we understand and affirm their whakapapa
    • How do you as a youth worker support young people to understand the dynamics of vaccination within their whānau?
  • With young people we understand hononga, identify and strengthen connections
    • How do you as a youth worker strengthen the connections of young people so they can make better informed decisions?
  • With young people we explore Te Ao
    • How do you as a youth worker support the world views of your young people, that may not necessarily align with your own?

Uplifting the mana of young people means people who work with young people:

  • With young people, prioritise whanaungatanga, taking time to build and sustain quality relationships
    • What is the nature of the relationship you have the young person/people?
    • Are you the best person for them to kōrero with around vaccinations and other impacts of COVID 19?
  • With young people, uphold and extend manaakitanga, nourishing collective wellbeing
    • How can you best show manaakitanga for young people?
    • What does collective wellbeing look like?
  • Create space for whai wāhitanga, giving young people the space to participate, assume agency and take responsibility
    • How do you create a safe and informed space for your young people to participate, take ownership and assume agency of their life
  • With young people, be empowered by rich and diverse mātauranga, informed by good information.
    • What access do you have to good information on vaccines? Some resources we can recommend are:
    • How are you ensuring you are accessing diverse sources of information? What protections are you taking against misinformation?

Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa

The Code of Ethics are based on the Mana Taiohi principles, and the clauses in the Code of Ethics can give us more guidance on how to approach conversations with young people about vaccinations, or about anything that youth workers have strong opinions on.

You can download this checklist here