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Co-designing Spaces and Places

Sport New Zealand Ihi Aotearoa cares deeply about creating better outcomes for rangatahi in Aotearoa, and the role physical activity can play in their development and wellbeing.

To contribute to these outcomes, Sport New Zealand sees an opportunity for rangatahi (ages 12-18) to be given more agency in designing the active spaces and places in their communities to ensure they meet their needs. Supporting organisations to co-design these spaces with rangatahi creates positive outcomes for rangatahi and the community beyond the final physical space.

This guidance has been created using the Mana Taiohi framework. Mana Taiohi is a bi-cultural, principle-based framework developed by Ara Taiohi, the peak body for youth development in Aotearoa. It informs how we can work with young people to support positive youth development. 

More information about the Mana Taiohi framework is available here. 

Co-design practice across the Mana Taiohi framework

This section outlines what mana-enhancing co-design practice can look like using the Mana Taiohi principles. Keep these principles at the forefront of your process, prioritising meaningful relationships throughout. 

Co-designing across the phases of a project

Choosing the right activities and channels to co-design with rangatahi throughout a project depends on what you want to understand and work on with rangatahi, and the phase of the project. 

Below outlines some options and examples of ways to practically involve rangatahi depending on the project stage.

Case studies

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