Rangatahi aged 12-18 are a key focus group for active recreation in the Sport NZ Strategic Plan 2020-2024, and we are joining Sport NZ in aspiring to reduce the drop off in activity levels of this age group and increase levels of activity for those who are less active. To drive these outcomes and coordinate effort towards this Sport NZ have developed the Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan 2021-2024.

The Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan utilitises youth development to guide our mahi to improve participation levels and wellbeing outcomes for all rangatahi. Sport NZ partnered with Ara Taiohi using their ‘Mana Taiohi’ framework as a foundation of this plan to help better understand and respond to rangatahi needs and shifting towards active recreation as a vehicle for youth development.

The Mana Taiohi Principles

The Mana Taiohi principles acknowledge the mana that young people bring or carry, and actively work to enhance that mana. The framework evolved from the principles of youth development previously expressed in the Youth Development Strategy of Aotearoa (2002), and was informed by young people and people who work with young people, a review of Aotearoa-based literature on positive youth development, and a Te Ao Māori worldview.

Principles of Mana Taiohi

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Active Recreation for Rangatahi Plan

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Voice of Rangatahi is a national survey focused on understanding how intermediate and secondary school students in Aotearoa experience physical activity within their School or kura setting.

In 2021, 13,490 students across 96 schools and kura in 11 Regional Sports Trust regions voluntarily completed the survey. Check out the final report here.

Youth Week is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people.

Youth Week 2022 theme was “Our voices matter, and we deserve to be heard: Taringa Whakarongo! Ki Te Reo o Ngā Taiohi”. Nuku Ora handed the spotlight of our Facebook page to incredible rangatahi from across Pōneke Wellington, giving them the opportunity to have their voices heard. Check out all the profiles here

Want to put on an event for Youth Week? Ara Taiohi offers funding for events of up to the value of $1000 + GST that showcase the talents of young New Zealanders to celebrate the passion and success of local young people. Check out their page to find out more.

Active Recreation activities in the Wider Wellington Region

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Youth Services in the wider Wellington Region

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