Raising the voices of young people in Tai Tokerau

Published on 22 June 2022

A meeting of tamariki at The Design School in Whangārei with Mahitahi Hauora Project Manager .

A new digital platform is being developed by Mahitahi Hauora to raise the voices of young people in Tai Tokerau.

The platform is a collaboration with health and social agencies and district and regional councils through the Northland Intersectoral Forum.

The platform will allow taitamariki to give their feedback in what young people want and need as pictures, video or sound recordings, as well as in writing. That way taitamariki with all levels of literacy can take part. The information will be used when planning or consulting on proposed youth projects.

At first, it will seek 16-24 year olds’ views on health, social, and environmental topics. It may expand to include taitamariki 15 and under, and a wider range of topics in future.

“The project will help us build a deeper understanding of their aspirations and strengths, the barriers they face, and how it is for them, being taitamariki in Tai Tokerau,” said Mahitahi Hauora Project Manager Maddie Drewery.

“The more we understand the better our services can be. It'll be an engaging, safe, anonymous platform where all opinions can be heard," Maddie said. Starting as it means to go on, the platform has engaged taitamariki at The Design School in Whangārei who are competing with each other in a fun way to create the brand and marketing for the platform.

Once the logo is chosen, the students will progress to create a marketing package to support the platform's launch, with a fourmonth pilot expected later this year.

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