The second VOYCE National Youth Council workshop took place at the relaxing Chosen Valley Christian Camp in Hunua over September 14-15.

Some of the many incredible rangatahi led conversation topics included:

  • How to share our voices in front of Oranga Tamariki
  • How the VNYC want to represent ourselves as a team, and
  • What group participation looks like.

Jay Coupe contributes at VNYC 2019

The korero of what the kaupapa looked like as the VOYCE National Youth Council (VNYC) began by sharing more of individual strengths and presenting these to one and other.

The (VNYC) also learned Ko Te Pito (a form of Māori meditation) for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori – to greet the day and warm up for mahi through stretching and acknowledging our ancestors and belonging.

Katarina Padlie, Amanda Faauga, Alchimae Prasad-Khan, Alexandra Murphy (VOYCE Team), Saron Bekele, Jacob Batten

A representative from Oranga Tamariki came in to have a conversation with the VNYC members on what they believe is needed for Oranga Tamariki to make the best youth-friendly resources.

Back: Saron Bekele, Katarina Padlie, Amanda Faauga, Chris Loo (Oranga Tamariki), Isaac Heron, Jay Coupe, Te Kahukoka-Rose Yelash, Awhina Buchanan (Oranga Tamariki) Front:  Alchimae Prasad-Khan, Jacob Batten, Oliver Miller

The VNYC appreciated being included in partnership with this request from Oranga Tamariki, and are excited that they have already started to influence positive outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi in care.