Au.E! was a rangatahi led and centred event that provided a free 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 created interactive experience that the attendees would not have engaged with or experienced at a youth hui before, with access to resources, activities, people and media that were relevant to the rangatahi.
The programme for the day was developed to fit within the school hours of 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 and were focused on 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.