Our Manaakitanga Rōpū began as an extra way for staff from Te Aranui Youth Trust, Ministry of Education – Learning Support, and NZ Police Youth Development to keep in touch with the girls we supported on Mana Kotiro Holiday Programme.

The girls we worked with wanted to stay in contact with the staff they had built positive relationships with. Manaakitanga Rōpū provided an opportunity for the team to work with these girls and to discuss goal setting for the rest of their school year. Through this, the team and the girls were able to continue and maintain the positive relationships on a fortnightly, then weekly basis. The afternoons were a time where the group could share food, laughs, and stories together. Whakawhanaungatanga and Manaakitanga provided the right type of support these girls needed. This kaupapa allowed these girls to have a safe support network with a group of adults who could tautoko and awhi them at the times they needed it. It was a privilege for our teams to be able to work with them and get to know them more. Aroha mai, Aroha atu – Love received is love given.

For more information on Manaakitanga Rōpū or how you can be involved with our programmes, please email: mentor@tayt.org.nz