2:15 PM14:15

BUS STOPS - Collaboration

A bus stop is an exciting, dynamic session format which lets you engage with presenters, and learn about a variety of topics in one go!  You'll move around the room in small groups to hear from up to four different presenters, making for a really personal experience.  

Building Regional and Local Networking

The Wellington Regional Youth Worker Trust is made up of a group of individuals that come together to represent the youth development sectors from various rohe around the lower North Island. We advocate for, train, and upskill the youth development workers in our regions. We tautoko the professionalisation of youth work.

With this in mind, we have had the privilege of building and being a part of various youth development networks in the lower North Island. We have endured the blessings and challenges that come with developing youth worker networks.

It would be our pleasure to share some of our learning, our practical steps, our structures, our failures and our successes with you. Our hope is that we could encourage you to either start or continue to build your own youth development networks around Aotearoa. We will also allocate some time for a korerorero question and answer time.

Matt Renata

Wellington Regional Youth Worker Trust

It shouldn't take a disaster to collaborate

Following the 2010/11 earthquake sequence, the need for sector
connectedness was at an all-time high to ensure that our young people, youth workers and the wider sector could collaborate and coordinate a response and recovery - and ultimately adapt to the new normal of a post-quake region.

This presentation will take you briefly through the Strengthening the Youth Sector (SYS) project's life cycle, its major outcomes and outputs, opportunities, and where SYS is today.

Hamish Keown

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective

Connecting the Connectors: The benefits of building a network of youth participation groups - and how to do it

Building a stronger platform and support network for our rangatahi is our passion. The Youth Voice Canterbury Network offers a place for young people to network and connect, where opportunities to get involved are presented, where professional development and workshops can occur, and where information and resources can be shared in a supportive and accountable way.

Our presentation provides an overview of our journey to be where we are today, and why we believe each region should also have a network of their youth-based, youth-led participation groups. We come with Top Tips to help start a network and connect with young people as well as how to overcome challenges that may stand in your way. This is all presented by the Youth Voice Management Team - all whom are aged 18-23 and have a range of experience both outside of, and within, the youth sector.


Haven Gardiner-Gray

Emily de Rooy

Tayla Reece

Paige Sullivan

Eleanor Hurton

Kusal Ekanayake

Youth Voice Canterbury

Values based youth co-design

Young people, having established reference or advocacy groups, often find themselves targeted by organisations or individuals who wish to 'consult' or partner with them. This can be both flattering and overwhelming. In 2015 the then Selwyn Youth Council developed nine values that they used to prioritise their work. They used these values to help them to decide what actions and projects they would commit to. These were promoted to their community and potential partners who were invited to join with them on projects if their values aligned. These values were adopted and now inform the running of a community house in Rolleston which was a dream of the local youth.

Chris Martin

4YP Consulting


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WORKSHOP - What is the latest research on young people telling us?

Mental health, alcohol, smoking and LGBTQ: What is the latest research on young people telling us?

There is a huge amount of research about young people, but we are often so busy in our daily mahi that we don't get time to absorb it. Join researchers from the Health Promotion Agency as we highlight some of the latest youth research, and discuss how you can interpret the research in your everyday work. Topics will include:

  • Mental health: Young people are much more likely to report feeling isolated than older adults. What do we know about strategies for enhancing connectedness and mental wellbeing?
  • Alcohol: How are young New Zealanders drinking? What does the evidence say about the role of parents in supporting their teens to be alcohol-free?
  • Tobacco and vaping: How close to smokefree is our youth population? How is vaping changing the smoking landscape?

Susan Cook

Health Promotion Agency


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HEeADSSS updated: Vaping, social media and pornography -
how do we ask those questions?

HEeADSSS is a psychosocial screening tool to enable you to unpack what's going on for your young person. Think of sitting having a coffee with the young person, roll out HeEADSSS and 'dig deeper'. You will learn how to ask the tricky questions (like SEX!) without getting embarrassed, and learn the skills of being a naive enquirer!

This workshop will develop your communication skills with young people and give you confidence to dig deep.

Lee-ann O'Brien

Society of Youth Health Professionals Aotearoa NZ


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WORKSHOP - Two examples of how our ancestors could guide us today

Te Ara Waiora ā Tāne and Moana Loa: Two examples of how our ancestors could guide us today

This workshop provides an opportunity to share an innovative, creative way to introduce the importance of indigenous narrative, Purakau (Te Ao Māori origin narratives), and Pasifika ideologies as an integral part of cultural engagement for youth development services and learn about other effective indigenous models of delivery.

There are also opportunities for attending youth practitioners and researchers to identify the synergies between cultural practice and youth development frameworks.

Whetu Campbell

Vibe - Hutt Valley Youth Health Service


Fiona Atoni

MHAIDS - Capital and Coast DHB


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BUS STOPS - Positive Youth Development Tools

A bus stop is an exciting, dynamic session format which lets you engage with presenters, and learn about a variety of topics in one go!  You'll move around the room in small groups to hear from up to four different presenters, making for a really personal experience.  

Good Vibes: Your guide to running alcohol free events for young people

Zeal, with the Health Promotion Agency, have drawn from the first-hand experiences of young people attending events, and the leading voices in event promotion and management to produce a free and definitive guide to running epic alcohol-free events for young people. Whether you're planning a small club dinner, school ball or massive concert, the Good Vibes guide takes you from start to finish through running a successful event with a positive buzz. From initial fundraising through to evaluation, all the key markers for a successful event are covered, as well as some of the things to look out for! Come along to find out how to access, and make the best use of our web, video and print resources.

Andrew Sutherland

Jenna Harris


Success: How to show who is 'better off' using a simple framework

This bus stop presentation will use a simple results based accountability framework (plan on a page) which demonstrates who is better off as a result of engaging in a particular programme. It also presents other components of the programme: stakeholders, outputs, activities and participants feedback. It shows both qualitative and quantitative information.

The three main points of the presentation are:

  1. You need to be very clear about what your programme will achieve
  2. Build an evaluation process into a programme from the planning phase, and
  3. Keep track of how things are going with a small, simple and sustainable monitoring process.

Miranda Pittaway

Bilal Nasier

New Zealand Red Cross

Scope Review: Partnering with youth development organisations for Positive Youth Development outcomes

This session will look at how Scope can assist youth development organisations to improve the quality of their services to young people in Aotearoa New Zealand.

  • The Scope standards
  • The Scope review process
  • Scope Assessors - who are they?
  • Establishing Scope in a region

John Leslie Harrington

Canterbury Youth Workers Collective



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PANEL - Looking Forward

Looking forward: the best way to predict your future is to create it.

This panel will provide inspiration and provocation about what’s ahead for young people, our sector, and Aotearoa as a nation. We’ve stacked a panel with informed, critically engaged and passionate young people, and with the audience we’ll generate a hopeful and experientially grounded view of the changing economic, environmental, demographic and societal context that young people are growing up in.

Soul Mehlhopt

Lisa McLaren

Mana Williams-Eade

Stevie Sikuea


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SNAPSHOTS - Wellbeing

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

Wicked Tooth Fairy: Making a difference in oral health care for young people in Nelson

The Youth Consultation survey in 2016 identified that access to health and wellbeing services were difficult for some young people due to cost, lack of transport or chaotic families that are unable to support their whanau with basic needs. One in four young people do not access free oral health care services. We know that poor oral hygiene is part of a bigger picture of a community system that needs additional support and resourcing to enable healthier outcomes.

The Wicked Tooth Fairy is our answer! The purpose of the service is to:

  1. Support young people to access oral healthcare
  2. Liaise with free dentists, schools or places of education or work and provide transport, support to fill out forms and advocacy when at the dentist.

This is a free service.

Ruth Rogers

Debbie Hollebon

Whanake Youth

Supporting school nursing in New Zealand

Our presentation will review the challenges faced in school health,
acknowledging the significant efforts made by many professionals
committed to improving health services delivered to youth in secondary schools.

We will then present our recent research from last year into service
challenges, and introduce the exciting new development in response to some of these challenges, including web-based resources aimed at supporting best clinical practices in school health services.

Attendees will leave with knowledge of our newly developed, easily
accessible, purpose built website, and knowledge of how to utilise the content to enhance the care and support they offer young people. Attendees will also have the opportunity to critique and make suggestions for further development to support clinicians working in school health services.

Christine Cammell

Dr Simon Denny

NZ School Nurses

Looking Forward: Another milestone in nurse prescribing

The changing health needs of the population, inequitable access to healthcare and the opportunity for nurses to maximise their scope of practice has shifted the tradition of medical prescribing. This shift has seen the development of an innovative model of nurse prescribing within the community. Nurse prescribing in the community allows for improved access to medicines at the point of care.

Thirty three nurses completed the 'Registered Nurse Prescribing in Community Health: Trial and Evaluation' within Counties Manukau Health in 2017. Preparation included a blended education programme, clinical supervision and credentialing of competence to prescribe within this scope. Clinical pathways guide decision making and medication selection. Registered Nurse prescribing promotes collaborative team work, improved assessment and clinical reasoning skills, and improved access to healthcare services.

This presentation shares the journey of how nurses working in the community are able to prescribe for common health conditions, thereby reducing barriers to health access.

Elizabeth Pillay

Suzie King

Counties Manukau Health


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SNAPSHOTS - Leading Change

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

Kaiārahi/Kaitautoko: Leadership in the youth development sector

Anya will deliver a hilarious and inspirational workshop/brief presentation on 1) what constitutes powerful leadership in our sector, 2) how the principle of whakamanatanga supports a flourishing youth development ecosystem, and 3) some key ideas and concepts for leading people and organisations in the youth development sector.

Anya Satyanand

Ara Taiohi

A data-literate sector: an update and invitation to contribute

Data is becoming a much more dominant feature of the youth development, government and funding space. In response, Ara Taiohi has developed a Digital Strategy that will enable us to analyse and respond to this new environment. Our vision is a learning, data-literate youth development ecosystem that ensures that our sector's work with young people is shaped by the big picture and supported by good information.

We'll be sharing our four pou that have been built for the sector, by the sector, and driven by the desire to support collaboration and create good youth development data infrastructure. These are a digital visualisation tool, Takiwā, a unique Aotearoa Youth Development Index, a Self-Review tool for organisations and a Training App that supports practitioners in ongoing professional development.

All tools are underpinned by a robust evaluation methodology, infrastructure and ethical framework. We're excited about updating you all and getting feedback to shape where to next!

Kirsten Le Harivel

Ara Taiohi

Census for change!

Imagine what we could achieve if we worked with a range of passionate and skilled New Zealanders of all backgrounds and ages to create a tool that can benefit the community in many ways.

Ashley, a young person and social entrepreneur based in Dunedin studying a Bachelor of Leadership for Change will be presenting her concept 'Census for Change'. Having confidence in the concept she believes it will not only provide opportunity for people to come together from different sectors but be a breakthrough for youth development and empowerment informing communities.

Ashley King

Social entrepreneur

(Vision named 'Ashley & the Riot'!)

MANAvation: A mana enhancing approach to youth engagement

MANAvation is a rangatahi centered approach to supporting youth engagement and the enhancement of wellbeing by utilising mana enhancing practices and indigenous concepts such as whanaungatanga, tu-rangatiratanga and wairuatanga.

MANAvation supports a shift in whānau, community, youth sector and societal thinking by challenging the status quo and introducing a fresh approach to understanding: the needs of rangatahi; perspectives of wellbeing; AOD - Alcohol and Other Drugs and mental health; the importance of connection and purpose within a wider collective; and the tuakana - teina relationship needed to support a generational movement of enhancing the wellbeing of our future leaders.

Attending delegates will witness how this tangata-centered approach can work to enhance whaiora connections through the use of real life rangatahi journeys, and also have the opportunity to participate in a hands-on exercise utilising this approach.

Turaukawa Bartlett

Aimee Bartlett

MANAvation Consultancy


Darion Williams

Rangatahi community leader and advisor


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WORKSHOP - Radical Shift: Valuing young people's expertise in youth engagement

Radical Shift: Valuing young people's expertise in youth engagement

This workshop will challenge participants to rethink their assumptions about the role of young people who have experienced disadvantage in driving organisational, sectoral, social and systemic change.

Using a combination of practice experience collaborating with young people to develop and run innovative youth engagement initiatives (i.e. Y-Change), and the learnings drawn from a recent Churchill fellowship (report available here) examining young people's role in driving social change, Lauren will lead participants through a series of interactive activities that inspire a radical shift away from traditional approaches to youth engagement.

Lauren Oliver

Berry Street (Australia)


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WORKSHOP - Learnings from across the Tasman: The NSW Youth Development Framework

Katie Acheson 

Come and hear all about the state of youth development in Australia from some of Involve's most exciting speakers- with a focus on lessons learned. Our Involve visitors from across the ditch will share their reflections about the current state of policy in Australia, our shared challenges, and ideas for how we could grow trans-Tasman collaborations for young people. Entry is by koha, and there will be snacks and a cash bar.

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SNAPSHOTS - Looking Back to Move Forward

  • Wellington City Library Meeting Room (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

The SaySo Project

A presentation on the collection of stories told by young people around New Zealand concerning struggle, strife and overcoming issues. Using ethnography we wish to share the insight we have collected; diving into the risk and resilience of young New Zealanders, the feedback we've received, the value of building a library full of stories for people tackling similar situations.

Kii Small

Dion Gardner

Mapmo Ltd.

Silencing youth through numbers

Research has shown that education is a key predictor of the future health of young people. This presentation will describe how youth lose their individual voices and their health in an education system that is fond of 'governing the youth population' by numbers.

The political rationality of neoliberal policy and its reliance on spreadsheets, course completions and individual responsibility substitute the need to 'speak' with youth in the 'real'. The collection of data creates 'simulated data doubles' of surveillance that replace the connection with lived bodies.

This presentation explores the impacts of neoliberalism on youth health, the pressures of self-responsibility and the impact of being 'under the gaze' of educational policy.

Lynda Roberts

Ara Institute of Canterbury

Igniting hope in dark spaces: Conversations between research and practice

The YDSA arose in the 1990s in response to the ashes that had been left by the political changes and broken practices of the 1980s. Children were the causalities of these changes and practices and the YDSA was the response to enable change through positive youth development practices.

Since the 1980s, inequality has risen and the most affected are taiohi. In this snapshot, we discuss the initial findings of a three year research project funded by Nga Pae o te Maramatanga, Nga Moemoea o Apopo (Dreaming the Future). We then take these findings and engage in a wider conversation with practice to see what is happening in communities where all hope may appear to be lost to enable young taiohi to reach for, and achieve, their dreams.

Fiona Beals

Delaney Maria Cerise Rudolph


Let's make a new story

The old political story has led to a bigger gap between rich and poor, created the working poor, and depression has become the leading disability in the world. Trickle down hasn't worked. The mantra has evolved that if you work hard, and get lots of qualifications you will get a high paying job and do well. Health, education and infrastructure services have deteriorated, with money going to business and the making of more money taking priority over the provision of services. Cutbacks in service provision have multiplied with people being told to fend for themselves.
What will replace all this? Let's find a new story that works for all. Three illustrations of things that we can do to make a new story happen will be presented. Please bring what you think should create the new story and share it!

Sue Bagshaw


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WORKSHOP - Rethinking our approach to drugs

  • WR108 Room - Weltec School of Hospitality (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Rethinking our approach to drugs

Our drug laws do damage - particularly to Māori and young people. Of those convicted of low-level drug offences, 42% are Māori and nearly half are under 30 years with a conviction having lifelong implications. The black market also results in highly dangerous drugs like synthetic cannabinoids being cheap and available.

The status quo is not holding and NZ is already talking about changing our laws - but what should this look like? We see a future where society stops punishing people that are using drugs, and the law allows people to make more informed decisions and have access to support.

Through this interactive presentation, with fun quizzes, quick upskilling and peer-debates, we will explore key questions around age of access, how drug laws can be improved for young people, what effective prevention looks like and how we can be advocates for changes to drug policy.

Kali Mercier

Anna Tonks

NZ Drug Foundation


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WORKSHOP - Cultivating love, kindness and empathy in schools and homes

  • The Community Meeting Room - Wellington City Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Cultivating love, kindness and empathy in schools and homes: The TYMS Pacific youth wellbeing perspective

The Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS) is a local community provider of academic, cultural, spiritual, and recreational resources for young people who are excluded or at risk of exclusion from school and their communities.

Our work aims to provide the young person with the skills to be resilient and also to become more productive members of their community. Though our research and evaluation we have found that TYMS accomplish this through the focus on two areas: the executive function and social cognition. The executive function and social cognition are associated with the prefrontal cortex, which is situated in the frontal lobe part of the brain. The executive function is used to describe the capacity that allows us to control and coordinate our thoughts and behaviours. These skills include selective attention, decision-making, voluntary response inhibition, and working memory. Social cognition, on the other hand, focuses on how people process, store, and apply information about other people and social situations. The way we think about others plays a major role in how we think, feel, and interact with the world around us.

Robson Tavita

Dale Rasmussen

Koleta Savaii

Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service


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PANEL - Mentoring: Building quality relationships

Mentoring: Building quality relationships

Facilitated by Joy Eaton, NZ Youth Mentoring Network Deputy Chairperson, each panelist will share some key messages about their experience of what it takes to build quality mentoring relationships between a mentor and a young person.














Dave Robertson

Brothers in Arms

Damien Clark

I Have a Dream

Ross Cook

Heart for Youth Trust

Shana Malio-Satele

MATES, Great Potentials

Hilary Dutton

University of Auckland PhD student


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BUS STOPS - Local Government Champions

A bus stop is an exciting, dynamic session format which lets you engage with presenters, and learn about a variety of topics in one go!  You'll move around the room in small groups to hear from up to four different presenters, making for a really personal experience.  

Utilising cultural markers to better engage Māori rangatahi and whānau in your services

Discussions are currently happening across Aotearoa regarding how Māori can have better support in in the various social agencies and services available. Cultural markers provide a framework for practitioners to relate and support rangatahi and whānau by aligning with whakaaro and matauranga Māori.

We use stories and examples of the work we do to explore how the following cultural markers: pōwhiri, whanaungatanga and poroporoāki can shape the engagement and relationship between Māori and social services.

Anaru Hawkins

Renee Newton

Chaz Naera

Real Waikato

Christchurch Youth Action Plan Initiative

Christchurch Youth Action Plan Initiative is youth led and co-created to provide the young people of Christchurch a platform to openly express their ideas for a better city and quality of life to all stakeholders. This opportunity came from a unique partnership between the Christchurch City Council and the young people of Christchurch to collaborate and try something new. This bus stop will cover the process of engagement and efforts taken to ensure that genuine youth voice was visible in the final document and the key actions taken following its launch. The initiative began in November 2016 and quickly expanded when the various youth sector groups supporting the process identified the need for it to be broader, to engage diverse young people and ensure genuine youth-voice. These decisions were made in real time as we worked to a launch event in July 2017 but there is more to be done.

Kendra Burgess-Naude

Kendall Lattin

Christchurch Youth Council

A long way home

Former and current Kāpiti Coast Youth Council members will take the group through the learnings and experiences they went through to achieve a Youth Development Centre for Kāpiti. With the Youth Development Centre opening in July 2018, the adventure started back in 2010 when the Youth Council carried out a district wide youth survey where it was indicated young people in Kāpiti wanted a Youth Development Centre. The presentation will unpack the challenges and triumphs of the journey the Youth Council then went on to campaign for this from lobbying Council, getting the public on board and finally working with Council and Zeal to make it happen!

Amy Braddock

Emma Haxton

Kāpiti Coast District Council


Current and former members of Kāpiti Coast Youth Council

Youth health quality improvement: Towards youth friendly primary care

This presentation showcases improvements made by Primary Care Practices engaged in the Youth Friendly Primary Care Quality Improvement Initiative in Counties Manukau, and shares the tools that were developed. The purpose of the initiative was to support primary care providers to identify their strengths and weaknesses in youth health, and use quality improvement methods with the goal of providing youth friendly primary care based on international best practice.

Kate ChiTar

Counties Manukau Health


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WORKSHOP - Innovative action based learning and developing youth leadership skills

Innovative action based learning and developing youth leadership skills

The workshop will have participants both engaging in and delivering ABL activities. The purpose of the workshop is to focus upon clear communication and developing confidence and leadership skills.

Each YMCA workshop facilitator will deliver an ABL activity to a small group. The group will discuss and plan their delivery of the ABL activity and deliver to their peers. Time will be allocated for the groups to discuss pros and cons of the approach taken and what improvements could be made if any.

This is an activity the YMCA Raise Up coordinators deliver in schools to Year 13 leaders and has proven to be effective. Developing both confidence and leadership skills in young people, the activity is enjoyable and interactive. Youth workers will be able to replicate within their own practices and an ABL activity folder will be provided for participants to take away.

Chelsey Harnell

Teina Rima

Adam Brown-Rigg

Lauren Eilering

Conin Bowker

YMCA Auckland


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WORKSHOP - The Wounded Learner Research Project

The Wounded Learner Research Project

About one in six of us have experienced potentially traumatic events during our childhood. Exposure to trauma and toxic stress affect development, health and how we learn. Many of the most vulnerable young people in our communities have suffered traumatic events that are often not picked up at school or by social services, meaning that struggling young people are sometimes re-wounded by the people who are supposed to be supporting them.

This workshop will outline a proposed new research project into how youth workers and educators can use group activities based in community and cultural settings to help meet the developmental needs of wounded young people and reconnect them to learning.
The workshop, and the research that follows it, are being led by Lloyd Martin. Lloyd is a writer and educator with the Praxis Network, he has heaps of practical youth work experience in his hometown of Porirua.

Lloyd Martin



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BUS STOPS - Practical Tools

A bus stop is an exciting, dynamic session format which lets you engage with presenters, and learn about a variety of topics in one go!  You'll move around the room in small groups to hear from up to four different presenters, making for a really personal experience.  

Water, Wairere and Wairua: an emerging model of supervision for youth workers in Aotearoa

In this presentation I will be introducing my model of supervision for youth workers called Water, Wairere, and Wairua. The presentation will inquire into key concepts around identity, reflection, kaitiakitanga, and culture to highlight the journey of a youth worker and touch on my own identity and journey in the development of my model. The presentation will be informed by relevant rangahau from Maori and non Maori bodies of knowledge and supported by whakapapa korero.

Shannon Kelly

Incredibly practical youth involvement guide

A speed run to get you ready to include youth in your work, designed to be practical and easy - all from a youth perspective!

  • Why you should include youth
  • Where to start
  • Common barriers with easy fixes
  • Reaching specific groups

James Boyd

Werry Workforce Whāraurau

Bounce's 5 Tips to Wellbeing and How to Use Them

Experience Bounce's wellbeing workshop, which has been developed by young people for young people. It will be delivered by young people too (all things going according to plan!).



NZQA's new Apprenticeship in Youth Work Programme

Careerforce is the Industry Training Organisation for the Youth Work sector and would like to share and celebrate that in consultation with Ara Taiohi, Korowai Tupu, Praxis and other key stakeholders in the youth work sector, they have developed and launched the new and fully funded Level 4 Apprenticeship in Youth Work programme.

Join us to look at:

  1. The Youth Work qualifications pathway available
  2. An overview of the new and fully funded Level 4 Youth Work apprenticeship programme
  3. Reflections from a current youth worker apprentice
  4. A hands on look and feel of the youth worker competencies embedded into the apprenticeship programme
  5. Where to go from here overview with Q&A

Lisa Hann

Eric Kneepkens



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WORKSHOP - Reflections from young people about communication in youth justice settings

Youth voices: Reflections from young people about communication in youth justice settings

This workshop will explore themes that emerged from in-depth interviews with young people on their experiences of communicating in youth justice contexts.

Adults need to create effective ways for young people to have their say and actively participate in discussions, and complex information needs to be clearly communicated to young people. The stakes can be high if communication breaks down in the talk-based services that are integral to many justice and rehabilitation processes. Communication breakdowns can be frequent, particularly when young people experience speech, language and communication difficulties. These difficulties are common for those involved with youth justice, behaviour, mental health and care and protection agencies, and difficulties often go undetected.

Listening to children and young people are central goals for many organisations and young people's views provide the workforce with useful insights and suggestions for improving communication.

Sally Kedge

Alayne McKee

Talking Trouble Aotearoa NZ


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WORKSHOP - HWC: A community model for change

  • WR108 Room - Weltec School of Hospitality (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

HWC: A community model for change

Stress, anxiety, depression and suicidality amongst young people are on the rise. We all know that new strategies are needed to combat this terrifying trend.

Ignite your community knowledge to change existing youth spaces into opportunities for building awareness, resilience and resourcefulness.

The HWC model is an innovative approach to transforming your local sports / dance / youth groups into dynamic proactive interventions.

Hear from the experienced Highbury Whānau Centre Team on how you can use their model to change young people's lives.

Anjali Butler

Dr. Alicia Moxon

Leon Tufuga

Peter Butler

Highbury Whanau Centre


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WORKSHOP - ICON: Our co-designed app for combatting online negativity

  • The Community Meeting Room - Wellington City Council (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Most of the time online's fine but when its not there's ICON: Our co-designed app for combatting online negativity

Since November 2016, I have led a team of 14-19 year olds through a co-design process to look at how technology could offer real time, relevant and relatable information to young people experiencing negativity online. I successfully gained funding to create the ICON (In Case of Online Negativity) web app. This involved taking an idea - how to provide a version of a Sticks 'n Stones advocate to other young people New Zealand wide where we did not have groups - and building that into a clear, structured and engaging online tool that other young people would find helpful.

In this workshop, we will share the planning and design process highlights (and lowlights) and offer participants the opportunity to explore our online tool to be able to use it alongside young people or signpost them to it so that they can find a range of options to address online harm.

Keryn Tubbs

Karla Sanders

Sticks 'n Stones


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SNAPSHOTS - Reflecting on Practice

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

Aotearoa Youth Workers: What influences our 'professional identity' 

The presentation will cover the key findings to my Masters research, which asked 'How do Ara Taiohi professional association founding members perceive their professional identity as youth workers?'.

The presentation aims to raise awareness around the importance of self-care for youth workers, create a talking point of what are we actually doing for self-care, and consider whether these actions are actually healthy options.

Natalie Sargent


Whakapiri - Whakamarama - Whakamana: A reflective framework for connection, participation and change

This presentation leverages the lessons learnt in similar fields to advocate for the benefits of reflective practice in youth work. It proposes the use of a model developed in Aotearoa in order to ensure intentional practice and authentic participation - Whakapiri-Whakamarama-Whakamana. The model is introduced as a framework for reflection - both in the moment and post-session.

The presentation explores opportunities to use this model to measure the effectiveness of our practice to support connection and empowerment of taiohi (young people) in Aotearoa and meet the wero we all face in aligning to the principles of the Youth Development Strategy of Aotearoa - and, in doing so, act as effective, ethical practitioners.

Nicola A Hurst

Karen Hicks
(in absentia)

Unitec and the HZDBC

What does it take to be great? Informally educated youth workers in the newly professionalised sector in Aotearoa New Zealand.

How can experienced, informally trained youth workers inform the sector? In capturing these youth workers' stories and knowledge, it may help to guide the youth work sector, the association and educational institutes into a newly professionalised era. The youth workers' professional association, Korowai Tupu, was formed recently with the aim of defining a competency base and creating theory and practice frameworks that support quality youth work. Therefore, the experiences of informally educated practitioners at this pivotal point in the history of the profession in Aotearoa New Zealand will provide valuable qualitative findings for the development of the profession. It will also provide the educational institutes with evidence to guide the youth development curriculum to prepare and support youth workers for their practice.

Amanda Louise Hay


How do we know it's youth development? An evaluation study using the Five C's model of positive youth development. 

This presentation will provide an overview of an evaluation study of a national school-based youth development programme for 11 - 13 year olds undertaken by Unitec Institute of Technology. The research looked qualitatively at programme outcomes from the perspectives of a young person, their parent/caregiver and their teacher in six participating schools in the upper North Island.

The Five Cs of positive youth development: confidence, competence, connection, caring and character, and the sixth C of contribution, as identified by Lerner (2004) were used as an analysis framework, as these Cs are seen as indicators that positive youth development is occurring (Phelps et al. 2009).

The presentation will discuss the findings and the ways the Cs were present in the programme. Linking to the conference theme of reflecting back to move forward, the research will invite participants to consider how the Five Cs model may be useful to practice and evaluation.

Jayne Mercier

Jacqueline Hampton



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WORKSHOP - Navigating ethical maturity

  • Wellington City Library Meeting Room (map)
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Navigating ethical maturity: New tools for youth workers

We, like many youth workers around the country, have relied on each other to debrief, consult and take action on ethical dilemmas that seemed beyond the Code of Ethics. We've also discovered some new frameworks for processing tough situations together.

The first idea is symbolic: an ethical compass for youth work. Come join our experiential reflective exercise following this compass with a challenging dilemma you've faced.

The second idea includes Six Components of Ethical Maturity, which will extend your ethical awareness and provide new language and skills for excellent youth work practice.

This interactive workshop brings to life the article we published in the inaugural issue of Kaiparahuarahi: we'll explore stories from the contributors of this journal. We hope this workshop sparks new levels of ethical reflection and creates new networks.

Finally, we seek your input into a potential 3rd edition of the Code of Ethics - this will be a memorable milestone session!

Rod Baxter

Red Cross

Jane Zintl

Ara Taiohi / Korowai Tupu


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SNAPSHOTS - Creating Spaces

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

The Matrix

The Matrix is a new program where we are looking to increase skills and be more informed with the help of outside professionals, which could be used for other youth groups looking to get into their communities. It's an 11 week program based on three streams: Health and Wellbeing, Community Participation, and Vocational/Employment.

Speakers come in to arm the class with up to date information, projects and tasks to broaden their horizons at home with their whanau and in their community. They connect with businesses in our communities to find opportunities for volunteer work, work experience, and the ultimate goal - paid employment. This helps our guys to be more independent and confident which empowers our guys to make good life decisions.

Henry King

Ian J Harper

Manaaki Ability Trust

"We Can Do It!": Immigrant youth organising against violence and discrimination

Violence and discrimination is pervasive in Aotearoa/New Zealand, which has the highest rates of reported family violence and highest rates of teen suicide in the OECD. Young women of colour often face multiple forms of violence and discrimination: in the family, in schools and in the wider community.

Building on from the work of immigrant women who set up Shakti in 1995, Shakti Youth have been working with 13-25 year old youth in schools and universities to open up safer spaces to have conversations and organise against gender, racial, religious and age-based discrimination and violence. While the focus has been on family violence prevention, the experience of migrant or refugee youth have to be contextualised in a wider context of structural violence. In working with youth through a community mobilisation and youth development model, Shakti Youth aims to break the intergenerational cycles of family violence and provide a community for youth who are isolated and alienated as migrants.

Mengzhu Fu

Emma Cho

Shakti Youth

Rolling into the future

PHAB has been changing the lives of young disabled people within New Zealand for 40 years, being the first organisation to offer social interaction for both able and disabled youth. We want to share our story of humble beginnings, the impact we are having now and our plans for the future. Showing how full youth participation and co-creation has worked for us, and how it can work for your organisation. Sharing the value of diversity and equality and how story telling is a powerful way to learn and reflect. The presentation will include side shows, a realistic timeline of co-creating projects, and a handout that has tips for storytelling and reflection.

Kerry Barnett

Josh Fulimono


Breathing space for youth wellbeing: arts participation, practices and principles

This presentation will illustrate powerful ways in which arts participation can support young people to flourish. It will draw from international evidence and my ongoing University of Auckland doctoral research exploring the possibilities of the arts for youth mental health and wellbeing in Aotearoa.

In my research, youth participants aged 17-24 described how arts participation created breathing space from distressing life environments where they are constantly required to perform within prescriptive and exclusionary social norms. They described how creative processes enabled rare opportunities for imagination, optimism, self expression, self-determination, and for self-discovery. My presentation will share young people's thoughts about the important practices, processes and principles that enable these things to happen. It will argue that the arts should be taken seriously as a contributor to youth wellbeing, whilst also acknowledging the urgent need for social and economic transformation.

Amber Walls

Creative Collaborative and University of Auckland


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SNAPSHOTS - Placing Youth at the Centre

Snapshot sessions give you a 'snapshot' of a range of awesome projects happening across the motu - and beyond!  You'll hear from all the presenters below, and there'll be a chance for questions and answers afterward.

Placing youth at the head of their own waka

Sarikha Rosli is a youth advocate with experience at both ends of the system. Through an unconventional past of drug addiction, homelessness, abuse, work in the adult industry, mental illness and teenage pregnancy, to a total transformation running youth empowerment workshops in schools around the country; Sarikha offers valuable insight into how to best engage with young people and help them let their own experiences guide their journey. 

Sarikha Rosli

My Voice Matters

Co-design with young people: Creating a space to reclaim wellbeing

This presentation shares Skylight's journey from being a 'for-youth' to a 'young people-led' grief, loss and trauma service provider.

More direct engagement with young people was necessary in order for this to happen. A large part of the co-design process was reshaping our online space to one that is engaging for young people. We know that who creates the space is critical to who participates in it.

By taking these steps, it strengthens the power young people have to take charge of their own well-being, as it allows them to advocate their own solutions for grief, loss and trauma.

Skylight will reflect on some of our key learnings on this process. It is ongoing, as young people's needs and aspirations continue to evolve. By keeping the users of our service at the centre of our focus, we can refine our services to be valuable to young people.

Chelsey Reid

Mana Williams Eade

Skylight Trust

Youth development: Are we really making a difference?

Youth development - Are we really making a difference?
An overview of Youthtown's value based philosophy including why it is so important to to have programmes that are youth-led and co-designed by the youth they are intended for. The fundamental principles of our programme design and some real life examples from our Youth Squad members about events and programmes they have been involved in and the difference it has made to them and their lives.

Amanda Murray

Aaron Harrison

Youthtown Inc

Taming the programme creep beast: Techniques to refine service pathways with young people at the centre

As we adapt our approaches to respond to changing needs and new contracts, our services, programmes, and documentation change too. This can look small, such as one more question on a form, or a new welcoming process - but over time it can evolve into a daunting beast of a programme, with a never ending flood of paperwork. How can we place young people and their whānau at the centre of programme design so that our efforts are focused on what is most effective and what matters most to them?

This is the challenge that Youth Odyssey embarked on: to refine a youth-centred pathway comprising community support, a residential stay, and tailored education at our school. We are excited to share the human-centred design and co-design techniques that we used to create this refined pathway, which has increased youth engagement, and reduced wait times.

Edward Kitchin

Bruce Brownsey

Odyssey Trust


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WORKSHOP - Planning for the next Youth2000 survey!

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Planning for the next Youth2000 survey!

Planning is underway for the next Youth2000 survey! The Youth2000 surveys are nationally representative youth health and well-being surveys of secondary school students and students in alternative education settings and teen pregnancy units, which have been undertaken since 2000. To date over 25,000 young people from throughout New Zealand have participated in these surveys. They have been instrumental to policy makers, clinicians, youth workers, educators, families and communities in understanding the health and well-being  issues of the current generation of young people.

The Youth2000 surveys have been guided by positive youth development principals which highlight the importance of context, culture and environments that nurture and shape the well-being of young people. This workshop will explore and reflect on the benefits and gaps of previous Youth2000 surveys, how they can be best utilised for the benefit of youth, and what areas should be explored in future surveys.

Simon Denny

University of Auckland


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