Youth Development Training

As part of our shared commitment to Te Rautaki Rangatahi or Wairarapa – the Wairarapa Youth Strategy, the three Wairarapa District Councils are providing Mana Taiohi and Code of Ethics Training to youth workers and rangatahi/youth in the Wairarapa.

Mana Taiohi and Code of Ethics Youth Development Training
Dates/time11-12 April 2024, 9am – 4pm
LocationWaihinga Centre, Martinborough
Deadline for EoI26 February 2024

We are currently seeking Expressions of Interest (EOI) from our community of youth workers and rangatahi/youth who would like to benefit from the training. The purpose of the EOI is to:

  • connect with the community of youth workers
  • better understand the need for this training in the Wairarapa, and what type of support may be needed for rangatahi/youth and volunteer youth workers to participate
  • Better understand the need for this training in the Wairarapa for the youth worker sector.


Please note – once the deadline for registrations has closed, we will review the registrations to understand the interest in the training. We will then contact everyone about the outcome of their registration and what happens next.

If you have any questions about the training, check out the Q&A below. If you have additional questions, please contact:

  • South Wairarapa: Siv Fjaerestad cdco@swdc.govt.nz
  • Carterton: Megan Pullin megan@cdc.govt.nz
  • Masterton: Tammy Merriman tammym@mstn.govt.nz

(On behalf of the Masterton, Carterton and South Wairarapa District Councils)

What is the purpose this training?

Mana Taiohi and Code of Ethics training is in huge demand across the motu. Over the past 8 months Ara Taiohi and YMCA have been offering a number of free trainings for youth workers in cities and main centres. We are also aware that there are many volunteer and unpaid youth workers in the Wairarapa and that many rangatahi / youth are the first port of call for friends and peers that are having a rough time. We are therefore working with skilled facilitators to make this training accessible for our community.

The purpose of delivering Mana Taiohi and Code of Ethics Youth Development Training in the Wairarapa is to

  • support rangatahi / youth in the Wairarapa to have opportunities to grow, develop and reach their full potential;
  • provide high quality professional development to wider Wairarapa Youth Development Sector, especially volunteer youth workers and rangatahi / youth who themselves have stepped into roles of representing and supporting their peers
  • strengthen the relationships and networks between youth development workers and rangatahi / youth across the region
  • provide opportunity to explore and grow a supportive ecosystem for rangatahi / youth to thrive over the next 5 years.

What is Mana Taiohi?

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. 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.

What is Code of Ethics?

Code of Ethics Youth Development is an agreed set of guidelines for Youth Work in Aotearoa to ensure that youth work is carried out in a safe, skilled, ethical manner.

The Code of Ethics for Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand is designed for youth workers but is relevant to all individuals working with young people and provides guidance to keep workers and the young people they work with safe.

If I register, am I not guaranteed a place?

We hope that we can find space for everyone, but we ask that you are patient as we are in the process of learning about the need for this training. There are a number of things to consider as we lock in the training. If EoI registration numbers are very high, we may contact participants to consider other options for accessing the training, such as free training in city centres delivered by Ara Taiohi and YMCA, or other opportunities to do the training that we may be able to bring in to the region at a later date.

I’d like to participate in the training but I have other responsibilities when the training is scheduled

Please submit an EOI as we’d love to hear from you. The EOI has a section where you can describe any barriers or needs. While we can’t make any promises, we will do our best to make this training accessible to you. We believe that having young people and community members who volunteer as youth workers participate in this training will make the training more valuable to everyone participating as well as to our community of rangatahi.

I don’t have access to transport to get me to the training, what are my options?

Please submit an EOI and let us know that you may need access to alternative transport solutions. Once we have received the EOIs we will have a better understanding of opportunities for ride sharing and other options for transport.

I am a paid youth worker, will my EOI be considered?

Yes, your EOI will be considered. We’d love to hear from you so that we can better understand the need for this training for the Wairarapa Youth Sector. We’d love to have you there as part of the training. As an employed youth worker, or team of youth workers, we may contact you to understand your agency’s ability to pay a reduced fee to make this training accessible to more people, or to connect you up directly with training providers.

Will you offer this type of training in the future?

We are currently working with a number of agencies, to understand the opportunities for delivering Mana Taiohi and Code of Ethics Youth Development Training on a more regular basis to the Wairarapa Youth Development Sector over the next few years. We are not sure what this will look like. However, if you let us know that you’d like to be contacted in case of any future trainings in the EoI, we will keep you informed of any developments concerning future trainings under the Youth Strategy that we are aware of.

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