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Manaakitanga: Ensure rangatahi feel welcome and safe

Manaakitanga: Ensure rangatahi feel welcome and safe

Manaakitanga is the act of making rangatahi feel welcomed, valued, accepted, and included. This includes showing kindness and respect towards them.  

What this can look like in practice:  

  • Provide options to engage: Give young people ongoing flexible options to participate in ways that work for them and their lives.  
  • Make it easy to participate: Reduce financial barriers to be involved by providing kai and covering associated costs such as travel and phone usage.  
  • Meet them in their environments: Rangatahi do not always feel comfortable in formal/corporate spaces. Ask what would be most convenient to them, such as safe spaces they normally would go to e.g. a park, school, community hall, or beach. 
  • Keep it casual and fun: Create an informal atmosphere, keep clothing casual and avoid jargon or acronyms. Use fun activities to make the experience enjoyable! 
  • Use their preferred communication channels: Ask young people what social media platforms or communication channels they are already comfortable using and use these to communicate with them throughout a projects. 


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