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Incorporated in 1987, the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective has had an incredible journey and impact on the youth development sector in Aotearoa. Most significantly, the work of John Harrington

Rerenga Awa was gifted to the Canterbury Youth Workers Collective by former Kaumātua Ruru Hona. The Whakatauakī, Mai ngā maunga ki te moana | from the mountains to the sea represents how we support young people as they make their journey into adulthood. We see youth development workers and volunteers as the riverbanks that guide our young people, and so they must be equipped with the knowledge and skills to be as strong as possible in their field. 

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To see a well supported, connected, and professional youth development sector in Waitaha Canterbury.

By providing professional training and network opportunities that develop youth development workers and volunteers.

  • Strength-based

  • Ethical

  • Bicultural

  • Inclusion

  • Collaboration

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