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Youth Week: 17-25 May 2014

Youth Week is about recognising the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand.  The week inspires us to value, support, and affirm the diversity of young people in our society. Ultimately we want Aotearoa/ New Zealand to be a country where young people are vibrant and optimistic through being supported and encouraged to take up challenges. The theme for youth week 2014 is ‘Be the Change’.

Youth Week is organised by Ara Taiohi, which is the peak body for the youth sector, created by New Zealand Aotearoa Adolescent Health and Development (NZAAHD) and the National Youth Workers Network Aotearoa (NYWNA).


Feed the Kids Bill Aims for Government-Funded Food-in-Schools Programme

The following is a press release from Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and MP for Te Tai Tokerau

Wednesday 12 March 2014

“Kids have a knack of saying things plain and simple” said Hone Harawira, MANA Leader and Tai Tokerau MP, following the lunch he hosted at Parliament today for 50 students from Naenae College who help run the school’s KickStart breakfast club.

“When asked why they support MANA’s Feed the Kids Bill they said they hate seeing kids having to scab food off other kids, and they’re embarrassed to have to hide their own lunches from their class mates.”

“And then they asked “Why can’t John Key make a smart decision and just Feed the Kids?”

“I was glad I was able to personally acknowledge the Naenae College seniors for fronting their breakfast club” said Harawira, “but the school’s guidance counsellor tells me it’s a real struggle organising volunteers, raising funds, and getting businesses to sponsor the extra kai.”

In question time today, which the College students observed, Mr Harawira pointed out that the government-assisted KickStart and KidsCan programmes feed about 20,000 students a day “which means that 80,000 are still going hungry … every day.”

“Even the kids are telling us that more needs to be done” said Harawira, “but government just point-blank refuses to step in.”

“In fact, Bill English thinks that hungry kids can learn just fine!”

“Honestly, it’s bloody frustrating when those who lead the country can be so dumb.”

MANA’s Feed the Kids Bill, which aims to introduce government-funded breakfast and lunch programmes for all students in decile 1-2 schools, is expected to be up for first reading in the coming months.

For further information from MANA, please contact Jevan Goulter, (022) 088-5646.

Everyone’s Been Bullied. Not Everyone Responds Like This 15-Year-Old Girl.

Having experienced bullying a lot herself, as well as seeing how it affects other young people, Nakita wanted to do something to make a difference. Nakita is an incredible singer (as you can see here) and so at 13 decided to write a song. However, this songwriting process was different than most. Nakita went into six schools and interviewed 180 young people of all ages about their experiences of bullying. Then, with mentorship from the band Dukes, she collated these experiences into a song.

The result can be found here: http://onevoice.net.nz/#sthash.PJd6EjhC.cjBo9j7i.dpbs

or here: Nakita Turner – One Voice

Pink Shirt Day – February 26th

Pink Shirt Day want to hear from young people about their experiences of bullying. Were you bullied? What did you do? Who helped you, and how? How could the people in your life (e.g. friends/parents/teachers, etc) have better supported you? What would you say to other young people who are being bullied? How can they get help? OR if you weren’t bullied, have you witnessed bullying? What did you do? What should other young people do when they see someone being bullied?

Pink Shirt Day would like these stories to have a resilience and recovery focus, and to give practical tips and advice to young people and their parents who need guidance and help. You can submit your story, tell it to Sophia Graham on 09 623 4810 x 811. They would also love to see your artwork depicting your experiences with bullying and recovery from being bullied.


Toi Ora: Express Yourself Course for Young People

Toi Ora Live Art Trust is a unique shared creative space in the heart of Auckland city for people in support of their mental health and wellbeing. Toi Ora provides an array of arts, creative writing, music and recording classes and workshops, that are tutored by professional practitioners with experience and/or an understanding of the issues surrounding mental health.

Below are the flier, enrolment form and info sheet for the next early intervention Express Yourself starting soon 17 Feb Mondays 1-3pm at Toi Ora.

Note: This project is ongoing, so participants can start this class at any time during the year.

Info sheet:


Enrolment form:

Any queries, just get in touch with:

Monica Evans
Express Yourself Creative Youth Development
Toi Ora Live Arts Trust
6 Putiki St, Grey Lynn
Ph 09 360 4171 or 022 161 2329

Web: www.toiora.org.nz
Find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/ExpressYourselfAK

Video Competition & Teaching Resource

Panui for Media Studies Teachers

The Mental Health Foundation is running a video competition for teenagers.

This is open to all students, but could be the product of a formative exercise for media production standards 2.6 and 3.6, for which a teaching unit plan is provided.

They are looking for a 30 second youth-friendly YouTube video that encourages youth to stop and pause when they hear  words like “nutjob”, “slut”, “schizo”, “mental”, and “homo”, and reflect on language that is stigmatising or discriminatory (especially in relation to mental illnesses).

The objectives are:

  • to provide students with  a useful insight into health marketing
  • to get students to help curtail bullying and to participate in mental health promotion
  • to generate a high-quality, resource we can use in a viral marketing campaign
  • it will be youth friendly and accessible
  • it will help to change people’s attitudes,
  • it well provide tools and skills to challenge inappropriate and demeaning language

What the brief will be for the video:

Work produced by youths has the potential to attract real interest from their peers.


Friday, 4th of April             Thehe unit plan will be sent to interested teachers

Friday, 20th of June          Entries close

Thursday, 17th of July      Awards ceremony

What the students will gain:

This will offer a meaningful learning opportunity based on the opportunity to produce a ‘real world’ product which will be used in a media campaign.

Research has indicated that teenagers care about the discriminatory language that they and their peers use, and would appreciate the opportunity to make clear statements about what is appropriate and what is not.

There will be prizes, and an award ceremony.

Perhaps more significantly, the winning students will achieve internet fame through a viral marketing campaign based on the winning videos; this will involve promotion through social media platforms and celebrity endorsements.

Teaching Resource.

This programme offers a high-quality teaching and summative assessment unit, including a lesson plans and assessment criteria, for media studies achievement standards 2.6 and 3.6 (media production), giving students practice in the skill of video production. This resource will be ready for the beginning of term 2.

If you are interested, please contact ivan@mentalhealth.org.nz, or on 027 2808972.

Mind Over Manner Role Play Workshop for Parents of Teenagers who Think and Learn Differently

Tuesday February 25th

This workshop focuses on THE TRANSITION from the summer holidays to school, the management of new timetables, new people , new classrooms and a new environment.

You will look at how this impacts at school and also the family when the individual brings their anxieties home.

This specialist workshop is designed for parents with teenagers who think and learn differently. There is a significant increase in the number of children who have difficulty with existing learning methods and who struggle to participate in large groups.

This workshop will increase the understanding of and develop vital communication skills for working with teens with cognitive and sensory processing differences (eg, Asperger’s, ADD, Autism, ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and OCD).

Using a skilled MoM facilltator, hypothetical and real life scenarios are played out by experienced actors
and then improved..shaped…altered using the input and suggestions from the audience.

Mind over Manner provides practical pathways to help improve relationships and behavioural outcomes,
and promotes a deeper understanding with which to successfully navigate these vital teenage years.

WHEN: 7pm – 9pm, Tuesday 25th February 2014.
WHERE: TAPAC Theatre, Motions Road, Western Springs.

WHO should come: any parent who has  a teenager with cognitive differences  and who wants to develop their instinctive capabilities and gain practical strategies to help bridge the communication gap.

HOW MUCH: $30 per head or part thereof koha

RSVP: to Sue Haldane ph 027 665 8084 or
email: sue@mindovermanner.co.nz
Website: www.mindovermanner.co.nz


Enrolments Open for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing Projects

It’s almost term 4 and recruitment time again for Toi Ora’s Express Yourself Creative Youth Wellbeing projects.

WHAT: An inspirational mix of spoken word, visual arts and music

FOR: 14-16 year olds

VENUE: Glen Innes Family Centre, 122 Elstree Ave, Glen Innes.

WHEN: Thursdays 24 Oct – 18 Dec (9 weeks)

TIME: 3.30- 6pm (3.30 chat and catch up, workshop starts 4pm)

Don’t know Express Yourself yet? Express Yourself is a FREE multi-media arts experience for young people facing challenges in their lives. This exciting and innovative project helps participants to develop new interests and skills, grow in confidence and motivation, strengthen relationships and connections with peers and community, and … well express themself!

Check it out on youtube 

Please take time to pass on this valuable opportunity to colleagues/ services/ young people who would benefit. Fliers, enrolment forms and information sheets are attached.

Transport is not provided so please ensure that registered participants have the necessary support to attend projects.

NB. Toi Ora also has projects in Mt Roskill (age 14-16) and Grey Lynn (17-24).

For further enquires please contact

Amber Walls
Express Yourself Programme Manager
Toi Ora Live Art Trust
6 Putiki St. Grey Lynn. Auckland.
Ph. 3604171 0220 709186

Rising Voices Poetry Slam | Auckland | 14 Sep 2013

Don’t miss this one night only showcase of the raw and passionate voice of the youth of Aotearoa.

Now in its third year Rising Voices Poetry Slam is returning for one explosive night of Poetry in Aotearoa’s only youth poetry slam.

  • 7 pm, 14 September 2013
  • Auckland Town Hall


Twelve spoken word poets will bring their words to the fore, influenced by their diverse backgrounds, upbringings, and cultures as they fight for the title of 2013 Rising Voices Poetry Slam Champion.

With no music or props allowed, they are armed with just their original poems and voices, in this winner-takes-all poetry battle.

Slam is more than just a competition; it’s a global, social, literary movement”. Marc Kelly Smith – Poetry Slam Founder.

Running Time
The show duration is three hours including interval.

Ticket Information
$20.00 Full
$15.00 Child
$17.00 Groups 6+
$17.00 Concession (Seniors/Students with ID)
*Service fees apply

Ticketmaster is the exclusive ticket seller for this event. Buy tickets online here, by calling (09) 970 9700 / 0800 111 999 or visiting the Aotea Centre Box Office.



Applications Open for 2013 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards

Applications for the 2013 Prime Minister’s Pacific Youth Awards opened on the 1st of August, giving young Pacific people the opportunity to have their talent and leadership potential recognised.

The programme, now in its fourth year, highlights the achievements and potential of future Pacific leaders.

The five award categories include:

  • The University of Auckland Leadership Award worth up to $6,000 per annum in tuition fees at the University of Auckland.
  • The Weta Workshop Creativity Award for a paid internship of up to one year at Weta Workshop in Wellington.
  • The Air New Zealand Innovation Award offers a place on Air New Zealand’s Aviation Institute’s for a first year pre-employment aircraft maintenance training programme to the value up to $7,400.
  • The Cogita Software Inspiration Award offers placement for an inspiring educational overseas trip worth up to $5,000.
  • The Vodafone NZ Foundation’s Mobiles4Good Award of $5,000 for using mobile technology for a community initiative.

Applications close on September 1, 2013 and are available at www.pacificyouthawards.org.nz