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SNAPSHOTS - Looking Back to Move Forward

  • Wellington City Library Meeting Room 65 Victoria Street Wellington Wellington 6011 (map)

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