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Au.E! and Sm;)e

This Sm;)e video was made at the Au.E! hui held at the Walter Nash Stadium Taita, Lower Hutt on the 7 April 2017.  A rangatahi suicide prevention initiative created by the hui funder, Te Puni Kōkiri and the Event Management / Rangatahi Rōpū Group at Te Rau Matatini. The video captures the hui kaupapa beautifully - rangatahi rangatira! It also captures the wonderful characters, the fun, the enjoyment, the celebration of the hui. Some days you just have to laugh and smile!

This rangatahi led and centred event was to provide a free to attend interactive hui for youth around suicide prevention, building resilience, cyber safety, in a social and multimedia space and hauora wellbeing. The Rangatahi Rōpū Group was imperative to have that youth voice on the planning, implementation and execution of the event.

Te Rau Matatini intended to deliver a ‘by rangatahi, for rangatahi’ facilitated approach to the design, development and implementation of this hui as we have done in previous mahi such as the rangatahi suicide prevention video resource development. This would ensure that rangatahi were actively leading and involved in all stages of the project life-cycle and influence on who to invite. 

The hui target group were Māori rangatahi at secondary schools, Youth Guarantees wānanga and kura, tauira aged 14 – 18. The group size was approximately 90 tauira female and male from the Lower Hutt, Porirua and Wainuiomata regions.  

The emphasis was strengths-based and to create interactive experience that the attendee would not have engaged with or experienced at a youth hui before, access to resources, activities, people and media that was relevant to the rangatahi.

The programme for the day was developed to fit within the school hours for the tauira and to resonate with this group.

We were very fortunate to have such a diverse group of people who contributed to the success of the hui. The support group were of likeminded people who all just worked together understanding the demands of this kind of event. An impressive group of mostly “strangers” who know their mahi work and the outcomes of the youth gathering. Mauri Ora!

MP Marama Fox who has been championing this important mahi attended.  The tauira were very proud that she had come to hang out with them.  We were also privileged to have a video shout out sent from Prime Minister English for the event addressing the rangatahi, sending messages of support for them and their peers. #KoroBill

What a great gathering to be a part of and we must thank all those who funded, sponsored, supported the project, contributed to the kaupapa and most importantly were kaitautoko and kaitiaki for our tauira rangatahi.

Ngaro atu he tētēkura, whakaeke mai he tētēkura - When one chief disappears another is ready to appear. No one is indispensable. #RangatiraRangatahi #Sm;)e

Share this wonderful positive video from our rangatahi and kaitiaki please whānau.  Also download the rangatahi suicide prevention resource from the hui - See you tomorrow eh!


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