Rangatahi walking on a log

Nau Mai, Haere Mai

This website contains information about research within the youth sector.

The research began in 2008 as part of an international study at the Resilience Research Centre in Canada. It is funded by the NZ Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment. There are three projects. Two have been completed and one forms the core of this website. All projects focus on rangatahi with complex needs. Approximately 1500 rangatahi aged between 12 and 17 years formed the foundation for the research.

The Pathways to Resilience Research Project

This was a 6 year study looking at what services rangatahi in Aotearoa used and what their experiences have been. It aimed to identify services and strategies that were successful in assisting them to achieve positive outcomes.

The Youth Transitions Research

This was a longitudinal study that followed rangatahi as they moved into adulthood. It explored the strategies they used, their strengths and abilities, plans and relationships and that services that helped them cope with hard times and to make successful transitions to adulthood.

Our latest project intends to support kaimahi working with rangatahi.

RRFC tohu


Relational Resources For Change: New futures for youth with complex needs

This project intends to help kaimahi working with vulnerable young people by creating responsive resources that support them to increase the impact they have on the lives of these rangatahi.

Our hope is to integrate a kete of culturally and contextually anchored practice resources into new and existing services to assist providers in developing and sustaining effective interventions. When complete, the kete will include training packs, implementation resources and measurement tools reflecting international and local best practice evidence. A sector-led Guardianship/Kaitiaki Framework will also ensure the ongoing availability of the resources at the end of the project.

Rangatahi walking on a log

Whāia to huanui kia toa
Pursue your pathway to success

This whakatauākī speaks to searching out your pathways for success, to be victorious. It encourages you to consider the skills, knowledge, and networks of a warrior and adopt the resources you require to achieve. These successes are determined by you, the kaimahi. The whakatauāki can also be used to encourage rangatahi you work with to dream and set goals for their future.

This whakatauākī was gifted by Megan Potiki and we thank her for her generosity.

Tōu Ake Mana

The Tōu Ake Mana framework is a set of practice orientations identified in the Pathways to Resilience and Youth Transitions Research (Massey University) that lead to better outcomes when working with vulnerable rangatahi Māori.

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The PARTH model summarises the findings from the Pathways to Resilience Research programme. It is a set of practice orientations the research has linked to improved outcomes for vulnerable youth.

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Moana is a tool to help practitioners and agencies engage Pasifika youth and aiga/ kainga/anau/families /whānau. The Moana Framework can be used in conjunction with the PARTH and Tōu Ake Mana frameworks.

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The Pathways and Transitions studies have produced a series of documents and resources detailing the research findings. These include survey results, qualitative findings and other guides. Digital information for practice includes videos and PDFs you can download and use.


Our tohu

Tōu Ake Mana

Tou Ake Mana tohu

Te Ao Māori is based on relationships and the complementary roles that are evident in Māori society. We often talk about how roles do not exist without a companion role.

The Tōu Ake Mana tohu represents five key elements and highlights the complementary roles and relationships that can be utilised to engagement with rangatahi Māori.


PARTH tohu

The PARTH tohu is based on the strength and resilience symbol, the niho taniwha. This niho taniwha  is about the relationship that the kaimahi creates with rangatahi: small steps at the pace of rangatahi that develop over time. The relationship is based on past experiences and foundations. For kaimahi, the five PARTH elements support the mahi just as the kaimahi supports rangatahi, which is why they are behind this niho. 


Moana tohu

As a metaphor, Moana draws our attention to the relationship Pasifika youth have with the world around them. Moana is a tool to help kaimahi and agencies engage Pasifika youth and aiga/kainga/anau. It draws together the skills, knowledge, attitudes and values, kaimahi need to build relationships as well as the understanding of processes and systems required when working with Pasifika youth.

Relational Resources For Change

RRFC tohu

This tohu represents the many pathways and journeys of kaimahi. It reflects practice examples and need. Each koru within the tohu signifies the development and growth of kaimahi. The koru are connected to the main pathway, yet each journey is separate and unique to itself.

The top and base of the tohu demonstrate the ability to tautoko and manaaki each other. The tohu symbolises how kaimahi can bring balance to their practice by creating safe spaces to create opportunities for meaningful engagement with rangatahi.

Along the way, others join our journey bringing with them their own skill set, knowledge and experiences, contributing to that of the kaimahi.