Do you have a story about someone who helped you, or another young person? Someone you'd like to acknowledge with the taonga?
What is Trails of Taonga?
Five precious taonga have been created to honour those who helped a vulnerable or at risk child or young person, even in a small way. The taonga are designed to be passed from person to person, leaving trails of wellbeing wherever they go. In the words of artist Rangi Kipa, ‘Mouriora, this owha was crafted by Rangi Kipa on behalf of the giver, it is a gift that was created with you in mind as a symbol of your Manaakitanga me tou aroha.' The hope is that these taonga will help support a culture of stepping-forward in New Zealand. A culture that helps our tamariki thrive.
Watch Stephanie's story
Growing up in care left Stephanie feeling invisible. One day a teacher at her school offered to drive Stephanie to her food tech class and continued to offer on a regular basis. While her teacher Nicole may not have realised it at the time this support and attention left a lasting impression on Stephanie’s life. Someone was noticing her.
Nicole’s small gesture of offering Stephanie a ride to her course left a lasting sense of support and helped Stephanie build her confidence and trust in people.
Watch Shane's story
Shane never would have imagined himself in a shirt and tie. After growing up in a number of different homes, he worried that he lacked the confidence to get a career.
Meeting Chris helped change that. It was something as simple as chats in the park and meeting someone with a super-positive outlook on life that helped Shane find the confidence to apply for, and get a customer service job at L'Oréal.
Watch Gen & Henare's Story
Gen remembers how Henare was so traumatised he couldn’t speak. But not anymore. Now he never stops.
Looking back, it was everyday things – like board games played with a super-competitive Aunty – that enabled this brother and sister to understand the simple pleasure of ‘normal’ for the first time.
These stable, positive experiences went a long way to helping them grow into the happy, confident young people they are today.
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The wellbeing symbol
The taonga is inspired by the wellbeing symbol, which was designed with the guidance of our tamariki. The symbol is full of meaning.
The 'O' represents tamariki at the centre of our lives, protected by circles of whānau, family and community. The 'T' stands for 'Taonga', or highly prized, and shows the community lifting that child up.
Together they form the figure of a child – full of mana, connected with their whakapapa, and loved and supported by the community around them.
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