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Guiding Philosophy

Central to the work is the philosophy of taking a ‘strengths based’ approach; reflecting best practice with regards to Youth Development, Youth Participation and Youth Engagement. Basically this means we will use our skills as the tools to help us move forward together and as such, our practices must reflect and maintain:

  • Culturally relevant and appropriate practices when working with young people and key partners/agencies
  • An approach that mirrors the flexible and changing environments that young people participate within
  • Integrity in all relationships through open, honest and transparent communication
  • A ‘finger on the pulse’ with current trends for young people
  • Remaining ‘true’ to the direction and aspirations of young people through a participatory approach
  • The importance of language – that is ethnic languages, and youth language
  • An image that is desirable to young Polynesians

A concept that the Youth Performance Trust aligns its work to is, the Mäori conceptual framework of Tika, Pono, and Aroha – with the overall aim of increasing Mana.


Access to a process that addresses, restores and enhances a person’s potential

Tika / What is Right        Pono / Having Integrity    Aroha / Having Compassion

“Ma te tika o te mahi i roto i te pono me te aroha, ka eke ki nga taumata o te ora”

“It is by correctness and in faith and love that we will achieve the pinnacle of wellbeing”