A strategy to answer community voice


In March, Te Rourou One Aotearoa Foundation hosted a group of our community partners at a hui in the Catlins. People came from all over Aotearoa to connect, collaborate, and learn from those who work with and for rangatahi. During the hui, we asked participants to inform us on the different ideas to approach three key areas; ‘What enables impact?’ ‘How do you measure success?’ and ‘What are the barriers to impact?’. By inviting everyone to ‘heart’ ideas they agreed with across these areas, we aimed to better understand the things that matter most to our community partners.

Enablers of Impact

Sustainable and Simplified Funding The need for ongoing, sustainable funding, alongside simplified funding applications and reporting is critical for reducing administrative burdens and ensuring programme continuity.
Collaboration and Networking A strong emphasis on collaboration, networking, and support networks beyond work, with relationships extending beyond transactional interactions is crucial for impactful work.
Authenticity and Responsiveness Authenticity in intentions, flexibility, adaptability, and responsiveness in co-designing programmes and actively using feedback pathways are vital for success.
Support and Resources for Staff Ensuring resources and support for staff, including capability building and creating supportive environments is essential for maintaining effective and motivated teams.
Youth Involvement and Cultural Values Involving rangatahi voice and embedding cultural values such as Manaakitanga, Whānaungatanga, and Mātauranga in all practices to foster a holistic and inclusive approach to working with young people.


Barriers of Impact

Funding and Resources The most significant barriers are a lack of ongoing, sustainable funding, general funding shortages, and insufficient resources, which hinder the sustainability of programmes.
Administrative and Structural Challenges Time-consuming funding applications, lack of administrative support, heavy workload, and arbitrary reporting requirements create substantial obstacles.
Lack of Youth Representation Boards lacking rangatahi representation can cause barriers to effective youth engagement and relevance of programmes. Active youth representation is crucial for ensuring initiatives address appropriate needs and perspectives.
Systemic and Social Issues Issues such as racism, mental health challenges, and a lack of trust and support from funders pose significant challenges.
Sustainability and Leadership The absence of a sustainable vision, strong leadership, and consistency in policies negatively affect long-term impact and progress

Measures of success

Rangatahi Wellbeing and Achievement Success is measured by the happiness, confidence, and overall thriving of rangatahi, including their ability to problem-solve and achieve personal goals.
Community and Collaboration A connected community and a collaborative environment where generations work together, and everyone has input are key indicators of success.
Long-term Impact and Healing Addressing intergenerational trauma and achieving long-term impact and healing within families and communities.
Engagement and Input from Rangatahi Ensuring active engagement and direct feedback from young people to measure the effectiveness and relevance of programmes.
Reduction in Barriers Success is seen in the reduction of barriers to support, including shorter wait times, easier access to services, and eliminating transportation and logistical issues.


So what are we going to do about it?

We’ve been working with the community in Invercargill for the past two years and our commitment to flexibility based on community need has been a guiding principle. We have spoken to those we work alongside, and we have formed a strategy which will guide us through the next three years of the Invercargill Initiative. The Invercargill Initiative 2024-2027 strategy

Our strategy focuses on addressing some of the issues raised by our community and helping to create a network of change in Invercargill. We’re moving away from one-year contestable grants towards proactive, ongoing partnerships to build connection, collaboration, and impact for rangatahi in the south.

Our strategy looks to Implement:

• A network of community collaboration

• A relational and trust-based approach

• Capability building and resource support

• Ongoing commitment

• Shared measurement

• Roundtable reporting

For more information on what we’ve done in Invercargill and our strategy moving forward, click here: https://terourou.one.nz/the-invercargill-initiative-strategy-2024-2027/