Eastern and Central Community Trust launched its Rangatahi Action Plan in August 2021. The Action Plan sets out the Trust’s funding priorities for rangatahi aged 10-24 years over the next four years.
The Action Plan was written by Rōpū Taiohi, a group of young people heading the Action Plan process on behalf of Eastern and Central Community Trust. Over a period of nine months the group led a series of wānanga, workshops and conversations with over 400 youth from throughout ECCT’s region, listening to their thoughts, experiences, challenges and aspirations.
“We have drawn on the mātauranga of rangatahi who are not often heard in decision-making,” ECCT Rōpū Taiohi member, Piripi Ropitini says.
“This Action Plan is about empowering rangatahi and valuing their korero and diversity, putting them at the centre and developing things with them, not for them.”
Priority areas identified in the Action Plan include:
- Rangatahi voice and leadership: Seeing rangatahi valued as leaders in their communities, proud to express their cultural diversity.
- Positive connections: Rangatahi supported by positive mentors.
- Creating opportunities: Seeing systems that cause poverty, racism and exclusion replaced by mana taurite and power sharing.
- Pathways for futures: Seeing rangatahi with positive views of their future with growth pathways.
Eastern and Central Community Trust has allocated $4M over four years to the Action Plan, and will work with Rōpū Taiohi to determine how the priorities will be achieved, with funded activities beginning from 1 April 2022.
Piripi, from Nuhaka, says being part of Rōpū Taiohi has allowed him the opportunity to represent the authentic realness of the rangatahi in his region.
“We have brought attention to the needs of the young people back home and voicing their struggles and strengths,” Piripi says.