OHI Data Navigator finds one in five rangatahi continue to experience disadvantage and exclusion in Aotearoa

Te Rourou, launches Taiohi Insights Report.

Te Rourou, One Aotearoa Foundation, has today released its Taiohi Insights report, an annual report on the shifts in data relating to the experiences of rangatahi in Aotearoa. The report draws from 2021 data released in OHI Data Navigator earlier this year. OHI Data Navigator is a free interactive platform which draws on government and community data, with its primary data source from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI) managed by Stats NZ.

The report covers how income inequality, economic policy, education, rangatahi safety and structural inequities all have a relationship to how exclusion and disadvantage manifests for rangatahi in Aotearoa. Building on the 2021 report, new data insights are provided taking a longitudinal view.

“This year’s report expands on our inaugural report released last year, with a focus on amplifying youth voices and taking a long view on the data,” says Ta’ase Vaoga, Rangatahi Insights Lead at Te Rourou.

The updated data now shows a downward or stabilising trend in levels of exclusion and disadvantage of rangatahi across Aotearoa.  However, the overall number of rangatahi who are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage is still concerning.

“When we’ve looked at the long view, we can see some improvements in some data. This is really positive for rangatahi, but we cannot forget that one in five rangatahi in Aotearoa are experiencing disadvantage and exclusion. This is unacceptable and should not be tolerated,” says Vaoga.

Wellbeing, social connectedness, and aspirations for the future emerged as broad themes from rangatahi about what mattered most to them. From these three themes, each unveiled a range of kōrero and experiences which contribute in both helpful and not so helpful ways, to the realities experienced by rangatahi.

“Youth or rangatahi voice is so important. Data is great and can give us insights into the realities faced by rangatahi, but the data is strengthened by the understanding gained by talking to rangatahi. Most of the data we work with is derived from deficit-based data centred in interactions with systems which weren’t designed with rangatahi, especially Māori rangatahi, in mind. So we need to make sure that they have opportunities to be heard,” says Vaoga.

The report aims bring to the fore the lived experiences of rangatahi through both data and story, applying pressure across the sector, including government, to invest in ways which support rangatahi to thrive.

The report found one in three rangatahi living in areas with high levels of material deprivation are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage. Also, those living with high levels of material deprivation are more than twice as likely to experience exclusion and disadvantage compare with those who live in low deprivation areas.

The Taiohi Insights report shows that Māori continue to experience disproportionate rates of exclusion and disadvantage compared with non-Māori rangatahi. In 2021, 38% of rangatahi Māori experienced exclusion and disadvantage compared with 14% of Pākehā.

Te Rourou has a vision of an Aotearoa New Zealand where all young people have access to the resources and opportunities they need to thrive. The Foundation’s goal is to halve the number of rangatahi experiencing exclusion and disadvantage in Aotearoa. OHI Data Navigator is one tool they are using to track those experiences over time.

Read the report here: Taiohi Insights Report 2022

For more information on OHI Data Navigator: Home – OHI Data Navigator


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Supporting Māori Aspirations – New Te Ōhanga Tīwhera Fund Launched

Te Rourou is today celebrating another step towards an equitable future for rangatahi with the launch of a new fund designed by and for Māori youth in Murihiku.

Te Ōhanga Tīwhera is a fund established to support the aspirations of Māori youth throughout Southland, with eight rangatahi at the helm making the decisions on where the funds would be best distributed.

The fund is proudly supported by Te Rourou in partnership with Community Trust South, the Invercargill Licensing Trust Foundation, and Clare Foundation, who collectively believe rangatahi Māori are best placed to understand their own needs for support and cultural connection.

Te Rourou Community Catalyst Mandy Smith said giving rangatahi the power to decide the direction of the fund helped to elevate the youth voice in the community.

“[The rangatahi] thoughts and ideas are so insightful. As a rōpū they are considering how they can fund initiatives that will create systems change and better futures of rangatahi in Murihiku,” she said.

The name of the fund, Te Ōhanga Tīwhera, is a taonga gifted to the fund by the rōpū. Ōhanga is a nest where ideas are developed in a safe, nurturing space, and Tīwhera means to expand those ideas and opportunities. The eggs within the nest symbolise different streams of funding developed by the rōpū. Each funding stream prioritises opportunities for rangatahi within the takiwā to expand and grow their connections in Te Āo Māori.

The rōpū decided for the fund to be distributed into three streams of funding:

Visiting Your Pepeha – Individual Grants
Five individual grants of $2,000 available to financially support recipients to visit their pepeha. Funds can be used towards travel, accommodation, food, koha, and taking a support person for the journey.

Kapa-Piri Mai – Haka-Tata Mai Grant
A one-off establishment grant of up to $15,000 for the initial development of a new rangatahi-focused community kapa haka group.

Te Ōhanga Tīwhera – Contestable Fund
funding up to $25,000 for creative and innovative projects or initiatives that support rangatahi to connect with Te Āo Māori. This could be through the arts, sport and recreation, education/learning, hui, events or wananga.

Applicants must be available to pitch their project or initiative to the Te Ōhanga Tīwhera decision makers (a panel of rangatahi) on Sunday 30th October 2022. For more information about the fund, including criteria and how to apply, visit terourou.one.nz

About Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation

Te Rourou, Vodafone Aotearoa Foundation has a goal of halving the number of young people living with exclusion and disadvantage by 2027. The Foundation works in a number of ways toward this goal including its Thriving in Murihiku project, a place-based initiative in partnership with the community to understand the aspirations and needs of rangatahi in the community. Rangatahi in Invercargill are experiencing disproportionate rates of disadvantage and exclusion compared with the rest of Aotearoa (based on data from OHI Data Navigator)

New data shows one in five young people are experiencing exclusion or disadvantage in New Zealand

OHI Data Navigator reveals rangatahi are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage at high rates, and some communities are disproportionately affected.

21 June 2022

This week, Te Rourou, One Aotearoa Foundation has released the 2021 data refresh for the OHI Data Navigator (formerly the Thriving Rangatahi Population Explorer), a free interactive tool that provides insights into the experiences of young people in Aotearoa. The updated data, from the Integrated Data Infrastructure (IDI), shows that one in five young people are experiencing exclusion or disadvantage in New Zealand, with some communities that are disproportionately affected.

Ta’ase Vaoga, Rangatahi Insights Lead explains, “We found some changes in government administrative definitions and processes which impacted what the data was telling us. In 2021, we were seeing things getting worse year on year for young people, however, with this data refresh, the numbers seem to be getting better or plateauing.”

“While this is great for our rangatahi, the numbers still highlight a serious problem with 20% of young people in Aotearoa experiencing exclusion and disadvantage.”

The Data Navigator now allows users to drill down one geographical level further than before.

Lani Evans, Head of Te Rourou explains, “We can now see how exclusion and disadvantage is playing out in specific suburbs or rural communities. Insights at a community level will help those working locally to understand the specific experiences of young people and will help local organisations target support where it is most needed.”

Te Rouroru has committed to a long-term investment and partnership with community in Invercargill to address the disproportionate number of young people in the area that are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage.

“We can see from the refreshed data that 23% of young people in Murihiku experience exclusion and disadvantage, this is higher than the national average. But when we drill down deeper, we can see even starker differences, 41% of rangatahi in the southern suburb of Clifton are experiencing exclusion and disadvantage. This is an incredibly valuable insight and will help us target support in this area,” says Lani.

Following the release of the refreshed data Te Rourou will continue analysing the data and will release their annual report later in the year with key insights and areas of interest.

For more information about the OHI Data Navigator data refresh see The data inside the Navigator – OHI Data Navigator