Election 2023

The Mana Taiohi Pledge

Te Puāwaitanga Taiohi o Aotearoa | Young people Thrive in Aotearoa

Ara Taiohi exists to support the wellbeing of taiohi and those who work with them, with the vision that young people thrive in Aotearoa.

We are a Tiriti-based membership organisation, connected to over 1,900 people who work with young people to support their positive youth development.

Our collective experience has informed government, philanthropic and private sector youth development work for more than two decades.

We know what works.

Right now, young people, and particularly youth justice, are in the spotlight again. That spotlight has seen politicians and commentators advocating a return to deficit-based policy that we, the youth sector, know won’t work.

We know young people thrive when they are put at the centre of the decisions that affect their lives, when they are supported in the context of their whakapapa and connections, and when their mana is upheld.

Mana Taiohi is our principle-based framework that informs a way of working with, and responding to, young people in Aotearoa. Informed by te ao Māori, youth development evidence and extensive consultation with young people and those who work with them, Mana Taiohi is the basis for effective and ethical responses to young people in Aotearoa.

Today we invite politicians, commentators and media to sign the Mana Taiohi pledge – to jointly take up the Mana Taiohi principles to inform an evidence-based, mana-enhancing way of working with and responding to young people in Aotearoa.

Mana is the authority we inherit at birth and accrue over our lifetime. It determines the right of a young person to have agency in their lives and the decisions that affect them. Enhancing the mana of young people means recognising what is right with them, as well as the reality of their world. Young people are supported to have a voice, work to their strengths, and step into leadership. They are recognised as valued contributors to society – not just leaders of tomorrow, but leaders today. 

We urge everyone who interacts with young people in Aotearoa to do so in a way that acknowledges and enhances their mana – in policy, practice, debate and reporting.

We must push back on approaches that only look to get involved with young people when there is a problem that needs fixing.

Today we call on you all to sign the pledge:

I pledge to acknowledge and enhance the mana of taiohi in policy, practice, debate and reporting.

Mana Taiohi pledge

Sign the Mana Taiohi pledge


INVOLVE Keynote speaker

How to Youth Develop in an Election Year

Dr Teorongonui Josie Keelan

Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Awa, Tūhoe

Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga | Auckland University

Teorongonui Josie Keelan works some of her time at Ngā Pae o te Māramatanga as a Senior Research Scholar and the other part of her time on other projects.

She has a background in youth development, education (learning and teaching), community development and entrepreneurship with a focus on how mātauranga is an essential system of knowing and being in each of those areas.

At INVOLVE 2023, Dr Keelan spoke about each party, their policies, and SOOO much more. Watch the video below.

Triple the Vote

We can turn the tide on this election. If you triple your vote, we triple our power to protect people and planet. It’s go time.

Tick 4 Kids Party Scorecards

Tick for Kids sent every major political party a survey of the policy solutions Tick for Kids members support and asked them which ones they will action if they are voted in this election. 

The Scorecards cover 8 policy areas, and have been developed based on the parties’ responses. In addition to information in the scorecards we recommend visiting each party’s website for full policy details.

New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services

In the lead-up to Election 2023, the team at NZCCSS has focussed coverage on the things that matter to them, their members, and the communities they serve. They’re highlighting policies, promises and perspectives relating to Tamariki | Children, Kaumātua | Older People, Te Tiriti o Waitangi and the sector of health, community and social services.

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