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Co-design build phase

Construction of the space, equipment, landscape 

  • Whanaungatanga: Building and sustaining quality relationships as a foundation to belonging.
  • Manaakitanga: Creating safe spaces where young people feel accepted, included, and valued
  • Mātauranga: Empowering young people with useful, timely, and meaningful information.

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  • Whanaungatanga

    Building and sustaining quality relationships as a foundation to belonging 


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    Aligning with partners that have the same vision

    • Build co-design/working with rangatahi in your decision-making criteria
    • Gauge organisations maturity in this space, willingness to pivot and learn from others rather than relying on out-of-the-box solutions
  • Manaakitanga

    Creating safe spaces where young people feel accepted, included, and valued 


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    Championing the voice of rangatahi  

    •  Include information in updates, signage about how the space has been shaped by young people to acknowledge their value in the process
    • Create a Communications strategy to promote the space, sharing updates with the community to create excitement and engagement for the opening
    • Young people’s art and designs to be included in the final build (for example, online design competition and judging)


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    Celebrating success  

    • Acknowledge the time and effort that went into the space (for example, awards)
    • Ask if some rangatahi would like to share their own testimonials. Testimonials can also help rangatahi in the future to see the value of engaging with community co-design activities
  • Mātauranga

    Empowering young people with useful, timely, and meaningful information. 


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    Acknowledging rangatahi

    • Highlighting that rangatahi involvment has contributed to results and milestones will make them more engaged and invested in the process

"People didn't think young people would show up so early [to the karakia whakawātea (opening ceremony)], but we had about 30-40 young people there. We picked them up and took them there, and they were acknowledged in the speeches for their role in the process.”  

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