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Who We Are:

The Collaborative Trust is committed to assisting the healthy development of young people, through:


  • Training the people who work with young people;

  • Undertaking and disseminating research and evaluation so that training and services can be based on evidence;

  • Informing and influencing policy and practice.

We are guided by our values:                       

  • How We Work Seminars

    Partnership with Maori and honouring the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi;

  • Youth Participation at all levels of the organisation adhering to the core principles of the Youth Development Strategy Aotearoa (YDSA);

  • Cultural diversity;

  • Holistic view of healthy development which includes wellbeing in the physical, emotional, mental, spiritual, social, family, school and community areas of life; and

  • Co-ordination, not duplication, sharing and strengthening not competing.



Short History

The Collaborative Trust began in 2003 with community meetings at which the three goals of research, training and advocacy were agreed on. After a scoping project in 2004 the new Trust was registered in 2005, and a manager appointed. The structure of the organization was developed by the board to formalize the function of training and research committees with chairpersons and a Director. These were all staffed by volunteers. The first activity of the Trust was to run a seminar series giving local researchers the opportunity to share their work with the community. Our first one day hui was based around local researchers talking about their work with the community . This has grown to a two day national hui with a pre-hui workshop. We have undertaken many funded research, evaluation and training contracts both nationally and locally. Topic based workshops have been the most recent training activity and a Youth Health and Development resource manual has been sold across the country to a wide range of professionals. The finances of the Trust have been built to the extent that we can now pay a part time Research manager and Administration manager, with an honorarium to the Director. Committee members are paid when they undertake funded contracts.

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