Youth | Rangatahi

Youth in Whaingaroa

Whaingaroa has always been a whānau  centred community with a focus on relationships, culture and the environment. For youth, the small town vibe increases the sense of connectedness between them as further helps to foster a sense of uniqueness and individuality about the community as a whole. Youth also appreciate that there is a lot of support behind promoting the importance of both culture and the environment with local stories and history underpinning the community identity.

Whaingaroa currently has the potential to provide many opportunities for youth; however, no strategy exists to capitalise on these opportunities to create support systems for the youth population. School leavers often move away from the Whaingaroa township to access education, accommodation or employment if they cannot access in their home town. A rapidly growing community with a big influx of new residents, there is a need to prioritise support for youth in Whaingaroa.

Youth in Waikato and Aotearoa

The Ministry of Youth Development defines youth as young people, aged between 12 – 24 years old.

Current national priorities include:  increasing the number of opportunities for youth development; increasing proportion of opportunities targeted to youth from disadvantaged backgrounds; working in partnership with business and philanthropic organisations to jointly invest in shared outcomes; building formal recognition of young people’s community and voluntary participation by recording and valuing.

WDC has committed to engaging youth by integrating young people into our community more and giving them a platform to air their views.

At the moment approx. 1300 youth in Waikato district. Māori make up 24% of the total population in our district and 31% are youth aged between 10 and 24. This makes Māori youth a key group that council wants to make a positive impact on. Creating a district where youth feel valued and engaged in local government matters will encourage youth to stay, potentially retaining social capital. This means that new skills acquired by youth through learning and training would be retained in our district and more people would be proud to continue living in the Waikato.

Raglan Youth 13yrs – 24yrs

NZ Stats 2013 (waiting 2018) : 13yrs – 33people   |  14yrs = 21 people  |  15-19yrs= 135 people  |  20-24yrs = 102 people.

What topics were covered and who has been involved so far:

We appreciate all the work of the Focus Group members

Please note: this Snapshot report is a starting point for community-wide input and is not a finished or complete report. Your input will build on this report.

Topics Covered:

  • events
  • meet-ups
  • funding
  • counsellors
  • health support
  • arts
  • environment
  • gardens
  • sport and recreation
  • youth-centred organisations and groups
  • places and spaces
  • education
  • training pathways to education and employment
  • Kokiri centre
  • culture
  • communication platforms
  • issues and challenges

Who is contributing to this Snapshot

Youth Focus Group: Rangi Rongo, Grace Mindoro, Jai Debesten, Sahara Leng-Ware, Kaea Ruawai, Awatea Dillon, Charlie Irvin-Thomson, Sven Seddon, Lexie Holmes, Tehiata, Josh, Lisa Thomson, Shannon Kelly, Maree Haworth, Carla Eyre and Jah, Annie Lorenzen, Margaret Dillon, Angeline Greensill, Sasha Kroon, Charlie Irvin, Bex Hollows, Sarah Edwards, Daniel Kereopa and Renee Davenport, Fiona Edwards, Karamea Puriri, Maryann Tuao, Tiaki Coates, Naomi Tuao, Brian Ruawai, Deb King, Fiona Bolden, Maki Nishiyama and Gabrielle Parson (and others).

What/who is missing? Rural Youth, providers/ educators/parents Youth who attend Hamilton/boarding schools-cities, teachers, service providers from Area School, teachers aids-special needs, special needs providers/support groups/Youth. Home School Youth/educators/providers

Youth Services – Suicide / Mental Health and Addiction Services, Education skill based programs 18Yrs+ transition into employment, Teaching young parents 12-16yrs, Youth Hub (computer lab /catering similar to Hamilton Zeal Centre, transport License training, WINZ-study/employment/tax returns, Sexual Health Centre (FP, Ham SH Clinic),Positive Role Models (20-30yrs), Kaumatua’s support youth, Youth Gender ‘Rainbow Youth’, Youth workshops at Area School – Te Ahurei o Rangatahi (hip hop/graffiti art, Intact – suicide, Mental Health, Cultural youth group (Kapa Haka), Waananga skill based training –visit Area School and community house. Budget Advisor with Youth, High Needs(risk) youth work (Carla E.)

Youth Voice/Expression – more sculptures/art installations in public spaces

How can we fill these gaps? (Youth Needs Assessment – Raglan Youth Innovation Project)

Partnership and network opportunities.

Advocate and deliver quality services to young people over longer periods, Youth Services Sector workshops, skill based training.

Promote services, program and projects working with the whanau and Youth in priorities in parenting, drugs, alcohol, relationships and social emotional, wellbeing.

Facilitate a connection between the youth services and education services sector to discuss identified gaps in life’s skills, education and support. Social media of all youth services/providers/events/projects – set up a Youth Trust. Youth HUB /van – connect with other Youth Hubs outside of Raglan ward, workshops, skill based training, youth events.

Partnership with community business and tourism sector – employment.

Youth as a resource within our community and partnership in community projects, sharing resources. Facilitate between the youth services and education services sector  – to discuss identified gaps in Youth’s – life’s skills, education and support – budgeting, cooking, cleaning etc.

Partners, organisations, people

Mana whenua, Local youth, Educators and influencers, Service providers, Change makers, Iwi community, Tangata whenua, Local Youth, Raglan Area School, Parents, Educators, service providers, funding bodies, local government, local committees and decision making bodies, local business owners, mentors and influential people, local sports groups and clubs, Karioi Maunga, Chamber, Community House, Arts Organisation and groups, Te Mauri Tau, Raglan Community radio, WEC, Chronicle, Brian and Naomi, Ruth Hare, Patti Mitchley, Natasha Rao, Rick and Liz, Daniel K and Renee, Coastguard, Schools – Te Uku/Te Mata/Waitetuna/RAS, Poutama Tane, West Coast Health, Maraes.

Infrastructure Strengths & Assets

A diverse community with a global-village feel, there are many talented individuals in our community that could contribute to the overall outcome of youth development tin Raglan. The youth in the community have a strong awareness of cultural and environmental values.

Whaingaroa’s key asset is the natural environment which creates many opportunities for recreational activity (Papahua, Ngarunui Beach, Manu Bay, Mt Karioi, etc.). We also have a number of venues (YOT Club, Town Hall, Raglan Club, Rock-it, Orca, Scout Room, sport venues – Tennis/Ruby, Gyms, sport groups- yoga, mediation) As well as other places of value like the skate park/camp ground, pump track , BTM track, etc. Kokiri centre

National and regional youth services (Real Waikato, Zeal etc), local counsellors, budgeting, Health, Mental Health, Creative development.

There are a number of funding organisations that are relevant to Raglan and the Waikato region, specifically (Raglan Community Charitable Trust, Lions Club, Raglan Community Board, WDC, WEL Energy, DIA – Lotteries, Trust Waikato, local business Community Cash Funds) as well as project based and youth-specific funding and support opportunities. (Creative Communities NZ, Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Culture and Heritage, Community Matters Org, Ākina, Vodafone, Tainui, Maori Trusts etc.

Current Projects
Youth Reps, Surfside Youth, Poutama Tāne, Leadership Programme -Akaroa, Youth Week, Gateway programme, Star Courses, Council Youth Engagement and Action plan, Sports groups, Karioi Maunga, Te Mauri Tau, Soundsplash, Te Ao Marama, Feed the Kids (Margaret), Maui Dolphin Day, the Arts, School Gala Days, Matariki Celebrations,  Recreational and Enviornment Youth Groups, New Year Parade,  Christmas In The Park.

Future Challenges & Opportunities

Key challenges that are specific to the Youth  group:

  • No specific space for youth (youth hub gone) – Opportunity to rethink new space with future focus.
  • Tourist town means lots of cafes, activities for visitors, cost of living is high – Opportunities for career in tourism,
  • Drop in kohanga and roopu numbers (connection to culture, heritage) – Opportunity to rethink how we can incorporate Te Tiriti values into our community and education that is relevant for youth. Opportunity to educate and learn.
  • Growth, change and Uncertainty around youth development (disengagement, apathy and disempowerment) – Opportunity to create support system and learning opportunities. Opportunity to start conversations. Opportunity to engage and include youth in decision making process)
  • Rapidly changing demographic means sense of community identity can change. Opportunity for youth to start conversations about the future of Raglan. More diversity means more opportunity for connections with new ideas and people.

For the key challenges that need to be considered across all focus areas, these are the questions we are asking:


  • How does this challenge impact on Youth?
  • How do Youth impact this challenge?


  •  What is the opportunity for Youth in relation to this challenge?

The key challenges:

Climate change

Impact:  Value shift towards sustainable ideas, pressure on resources
Opportunity: New business or enterprise based on sustainable practices, learning, connection and collaboration, innovation and technology.


Impact: Widening inequality gap sees more affluence in Raglan. Pressure on multiple resources can lead to displacement of local families from the community. Many different world views and value systems flowing in to the community can mean a changing dynamic.
Opportunity:  Opportunity to find and protect vulnerable members of our community and find/create support. Telling the stories of Raglan, both new and old, to educate and create a common ground.

Growth in visitor numbers

Impact: pressure on housing, sense of identity, displacement, gentrification, cost of living
Opportunity:  New skills in the community, new business opportunities as growing population, new connections, learning and education. Opportunity tolearn and educate about Raglan history.

Implementing the Treaty of Waitangi

Impact:  Lack of information and education could create resistance to change.
Opportunity: Shifting to a new understanding about individual and collective identity. 


Impact:  Physical distance from centres means that sometimes travel is required to access services, etc
Opportunity: Carpool, connections, use of technology to communicate and to create connections, Youth Van


Impact:  lack of housing, quality of housing, new land needs to be rezoned for housing (environment)
Opportunity: inclusion of social or subsidised housing, tiny houses, new ways of living,

Aspirations & Goals Identified by the Focus Groups with supporting projects, strategies and initiatives.  
(Please note that there may be areas that are still to be completed.)

Values behind the goals & aspirations Aspirations vision for long term
& Goals measurable, specific, achievable
Different ways goals can be achieved
Projects & Initiatives
Specific actions, responsibility, funding
with other Focus Areas
Future focus, collaboration, creating pathways and opportunities, building capability, learning, empowerment Creating opportunities for education and employment Mentoring, internships, MOOC, career expos Education,  Business
Future focus, collaboration, pathways, empowerment, inclusivity, participation Creating opportunities to engage with the community ID youth leaders and influencers, mentoring, take the community to the youth, create platforms for them to share their ideas
Education, local government and planning
Future focus, empowerment, building capability, collaboration, health and safety Create a space that is specifically for youth A youth hub, recreation centre for youth, dedicated space for youth to feel safe and unjudged. Education, local government and planning, business, active recreation, arts
Health and safety, future focus, learning, inclusivity, participation More support for sports, recreation and adventure. More opportunities for participation, support for travel outside of Raglan, mentoring, more allowance for bikes and skateboards
Natural environment, Education, local government and planning, business, active recreation
Access, inclusivity, connection, future focus, health and safety More connectivity and infrastructure More footpaths and cycleways, transport options for youth similar to community van for seniors, upgrade infrastructure for safety
Natural environment, local government and planning, infrastructure transport
Future focus, inclusivity, health and safety Housing opportunities for youth Upgrade housing quality, create housing options for youth
Local government and planning, community wellbeing
Health and safety, learning, access, future focus, empowerment Health focus promote active, healthy lifestyle that is holistic, mental health support Natural Environment Local government and planning, Arts, community wellbeing, active recreation

Questions from the Youth – Rangatahi Group1. What do youth like about Raglan today?2. What are youth’s happy spaces today?3. What do you youth want in Raglan to meet their present needs in this community?4. What do youth not want to see happen in Raglan, in the present and the near future?5. What do youth want to in the future and the next generations to come in this community, 5 years, 10 years?

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