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BUS STOPS - Collaboration

  • Renouf 1 Michael Fowler Centre (map)

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