Minister Kaye recorded a brief welcome address as she was not able to join us in person for the conference.
Nathans's research interest is the workings of the human brain, and Hana is completing her PhD on language revival methodologies for te reo Kai Tahu. While these have some overlap (it is the brain that acquires the ability to korero after all!) Nathan and Hana used this keynote address to explore the concept of Tuakana/Teina (loosely translated here as peer support/mentoring). How does the concept of rakatirataka (leadership/excellence/role modelling) and cultural empowerment inform our understanding of the role of mentor and the concept of Tuakana/Teina? How is this reinforced and understood from a brain development/neuroscientific perspective?
Audio recording of session (note: unfortunately the first 15 minutes of this session were not recorded, so the audio starts with Hana part way through her part of the presentation)
Lady Susan Satyanand, Patron of the NZ Youth Mentoring Network facilitated this session. The key purpose of the session was to introduce the Guide so enable people to easily navigate and use it back in their work environments.
Nicki provided a brief introductory overview and then Hilary and Kelsey together with Nicki covered particular aspects of the Guide in a little more detail.
hara taku toa I te toa takitahi - My success is not because of me alone
Michael shared his story around his experience of being mentored:
- How the mentor played the role to shatter limiting beliefs
- How the mentor was different and the same
- How mentors can play a role that no one in their whanau can
He provided some insights on how we can enhance the well being of our youth so they can have the Mana (Power and Authority) to achieve their goals.
Robyn outlined the government’s community investment approach and what this means for the youth sector.
Dr Pat Bullen, Senior Lecturer, School of Learning, Development and Professional Practice, The University of Auckland
Pat will provide an overview of the youth mentoring research conducted in Aotearoa New Zealand to date, highlighting findings that both converge with and diverge from mentoring practice overseas. She will argue that given its link to effective and safe practice, research should be viewed as an integral part of programme practice.
Anya Satyanand, Executive Officer, Ara Taiohi
Anya will discuss the state of youth development in New Zealand in 2016. She will present international and national perspectives on where we're at, gathered through Ara Taiohi's international advocacy and work at a national level to connect the sector, raise the standards, champion youth development and promote sustainability
David Richards, Projects & Strategy Manager, The Tindall Foundation
Dave will discuss The Tindall Foundation's approach to youth development funding and collaboration and share ideas for achieving long term sustainability.
Solomon Group - Sid Tuaoi and Shamayne Ashworth
Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services - Robson Tavita
Great Potentials Foundation - Shana Malio
Fuimaono Tuisau facilitated this session and invited each panel member to speak about the mentoring they are doing with young people in the community.
Karlo spoke about ‘Opening our ears to ancestral mentors:' the importance for young Pasifika and Maori to have access to ancestors as mentors - to draw on and re-engage with ancestral knowledge, wisdom, language, worldviews, wellbeing constructs and proverbs - a treasure-house of somewhat marginalized ‘mentoring’ knowledge.
Link to presentation summary (coming soon)