“Te piko o te māhuri, tērā te tupu o te rākau” 
“The way in which the young sapling is nurtured (shaped), determines how the tree will grow”

This whakatauki is our ancestors’ way of reminding us of the long term impact, early intervention and caring will have on the growth and development of our (their) mokopuna.  Commonly used to describe the early stages of a Totara tree, this metaphor also connects us to our eco-system and the reality that it takes a wide web of nurture, as well as nature, to realise the potential of the future.

In August 2019 youth throughout the Midland region attended a wananga held at Mangatoatoa Pa in Tokanui to support the development of a Youth Wellbeing Framework by sharing their whakaaro, views and aspirations as young people.  From this wananga the Midland Youth Wellbeing Framework – Te Piko o te Māhuri was developed.

“Youth are our future" 

  1. We need to invest now to reduce the impacts of long term conditions on youth and Whānau
  2. We need to prepare our current and future workforce
  3. We need services to be youth informed and enable Whānau

Te Piko o te Māhuri recognises that this generation is merely part of a continuum; that we inherit our world from our ancestors, and we hold it sacredly in trust for our future generations.  This document endeavors to:

  • Understand the clear aspirations of rangatahi
  • Encourages  for rangatahi by rangatahi in guiding the future of the Midland region
  • Provide local DHB districts with an overarching wellbeing framework to assist in local approaches that develop and build sustainable youth services and community options
  • Exercise rights of self-determination through the Midland Youth Wellbeing Framework
  • Honour the implementation of the rights of Māori youth health, wellbeing and aspirations as protected by the Treaty of Waitangi (and acknowledged within the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, to which New Zealand has been a party since their endorsement of the Declaration in 2010).

To read the final Te Piko o te Mahuri - Youth Wellbeing Framework, please click here.

On behalf of the Midland region we would like to acknowledge all contributing youth and youth workers for their generous contribution in providing information and views to support the development of the Youth Wellbeing Framework.


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