A research project funded by the Lottery Community Sector Research Fund from an application sought by Katikati Taiao to investigate the potential and possibilities for a reinvigorated community sense of identity and belonging.
The community led the research to five main limbs which are represented in the adjacent tree graphic, and explored further in the written report.
Kawakawa was chosen as the tree to represent the research as it’s heart shaped leaves have many healing properties. The researchers believe Hearts and Minds of Katikati serves as a foundation to bring a sense of healing and reinvigoration to the Katikati community.
Videos created as part of the research process:
Night Lounge Video:
Held in September, the month of suicide awareness, Night Lounge was a youth event to bring awareness to the kaupapa regarding suicide prevention. The event brought together Tongan, Samoan and Māori community in particular. Parents participated in activities and youth themselves talked candidly of personal struggles and the need for greater interconnection to be able to open up and be present for each other.
A follow up video interview was conducted with Lose, during which her maturity, caring nature and insight is apparent. The interview paints a picture of how life is for some of our young people in Katikati, and the difference people could make to improve interconnection as a community.
Rangatahi Rangona o Katikati Video:
Rangatahi Rangona o Katikati (Katikati youth to be heard), was held on December 11th at the new Pātuki Manawa Centre, was entirely youth led. The event was organised by 16-year-old Noelene Tewhakaara, together with current young leaders from Katikati College. Although Noelene had left Katikati College to continue her education at a tertiary provider in Tauranga, she maintained her passion around changing the outcomes for young people at risk of disconnecting from education.
Research Reflections Video:
Video interviews were conducted with some members of the Research Reference Group at the final meeting.
“The term Hearts and Minds started out a bit of an enigma, however the title is completely apt, as it has been a project involving and enriching the hearts and minds of those who participated, including the research team. Engaging in participative research is more than a contracted service, it is a process of discovery, honour and privilege to know people and develop sustainable meaningful relationships. The biggest thanks go to all those that made this research possible, most importantly the community itself, but also Te Rereatukahia Marae, and the Reference Group who proved that unity is achievable from diversity. Thanks to members of Katikati Taiao, past and present for being the touchstone, setting the seed and holding the kaupapa, and to DIA for their Community Advisory support and funding.” — Tessa Mackenzie (Lead Researcher)