Rangatahi Project

Eastern and Central Community Trust (ECCT) recognise that children and young people are key priorities in the rohe it serves, which is why it is a strategic focus area in our Funding Strategy.

ECCT are developing a Rangatahi Action Plan to guide funding decisions over the next five years, in order to support young people aged 10 – 24 years to reach their potential.

$250,000 has been committed to developing the Action Plan, which will lead to additional funding being committed to younger people in the future. Trustees have earmarked an additional $3M to deliver strategic focus area initiatives during the next two years, which includes this project.



ECCT is committed to contributing to positive youth development outcomes for the regions we serve.

ECCT is seeking to partner with rangatahi to develop the action plan in a way that honours the Mana Taiohi principles for Aotearoa’s youth development sector, and supports whai wāhitanga (young people’s participation).

A draft Engagement Model has been developed from our initial meetings with organisations and kaimahi taiohi across the region, who are working at the local level to ensure their young people feel valued, connected to their community, empowered and supported to reach their full potential.

Over the coming months we want to review and revise this with young people in our community and develop the Rangatahi Action Plan together.


Get involved

Please get in touch with us if you are interested in connecting with us on this work:

  • Email: [email protected]
  • Facebook: @EasternandCentralCommunityTrust
  • Phone: 0800 878 720

Project updates and invitations will be shared on our website, Facebook page and newsletters 


For the latest updates see the articles in the News section of our website:

3 November 2020: Young people at heart of Trust’s new project

29 September 2020: Supporting local youth voices to be heard


Downloadable documents

Rangatahi Project information leaflet

Rangatahi Engagement Model

Rangatahi Project information leaflet including Rangatahi Engagement Model

Information Sheet for Youth Development Organisations