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The Study In Action

The Transitions Study started interviews for this research. This involved three structured interviews and three qualitative interviews with each young person, and interviews with a person they considered most knowledgeable about them (PMK).
Several organisations took on the challenge of becoming involved in this exciting youth research programme and they are now keen to share their experiences as part of recognising the huge contribution youth made to the study and also to encourage other organisations that work with youth to consider becoming involved in research in the future.
The organisations who have participated in these reflections are:

Donald Beasley Institute


Kelly Tikao, Kairangahau Maori, Donald Beasley Institute and Fieldwork Coordinator, Pathways to Resilience and Transitions Projects.

E te ti, e te ta, e Poua ma, e Taua ma, ka hakoro ka hakui, ka rakatahi hoki. Naia te mihi ki a koutou katoa,

I would like to acknowledge all youth in Aotearoa and in particular those who shared their life journeys with the Pathways team. You have been heard and I am sure I say this alongside the team, that your thoughts and experiences have provided great guidance to this research project and to the services in your communities. To those people you have identified as your whanau this is also an acknowledgement to you for your support and input you have given to this study.

As a Maori researcher based at the Donald Beasley Institute in Dunedin I have worked for over three years on the Pathways project. I mihi also to all the fantastic youth services in the Otago area who worked with the Donald Beasley team on this project, your efforts within this community are valued and make a difference to the lives of our youth and families. It hasn’t always been easy working on a project that explores and acknowledges the resilience of youth, many of whom have experienced years of intense personal struggle. With rangatahi Maori being prominent in this study, I think it is important that Maori have a voice throughout the research process and that research projects such as the Pathways to Resilience project can influence the way services are delivered and utilised by youth.

Kia kaha rangatahi ma, whaia to huanui kia toa. Stay strong rangatahi ma and pursue the pathway that makes you a warrior.


My name is Brigit Mirfin-Veitch and I am the Director of the Donald Beasley Institute, Dunedin.

The Donald Beasley Institute is an independent charitable trust that conducts research and education in the area of disability. I have been involved with the Pathways to Resilience and Transitions since the project began and have been responsible for over-seeing the Dunedin research team.

Having the opportunity to develop relationships with young people and the services that support them in our local community has been a valuable experience. I hope that learning from the project will be used to inform the way young people are supported in the future.

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