About Ngā Rangatahi Toa
Ngā Rangatahi Toa has been nationally and internationally recognised for its Creative Youth Development (CYD) work for young people. Our immersive and intensive programmes use creative arts and wellbeing programmes to help connect rangatahi with their purpose and to imagine a positive future for themselves.
Many of our rangatahi are on the verge of dropping out of school. They are supported by our youth development team, who have a long-term positive involvement in the lives of our young people and implement our whānau wrap-around approach.
The sense of purpose our young people develop is strengthened through deep, meaningful relationships that happen over time through our intensive wānanga, in-schools programme and end-of-year theatre performance, entitled Manawa Ora.
Our programmes are grounded in Te Ao Māori and based on these values:
Kotahitanga : working together towards a common goal while being accepting of difference
Manaakitanga: caring for others and Papatūaūnuku
Ako: Reciprocity of learning
Rangatiratanga: Self determination through an understanding of self
Our projects take the form of noho wānanga (learning camps), in-school creative education programmes, a flagship theatre project called Manawa Ora, fortnightly youth mentoring sessions and employment internships – all within a whānau wraparound support system. All of our projects are meaningfully connected to each other and scaffold rangatahi through a process of rangatiratanga (leadership) to prepare them for adulthood.