Data helps rangatahi reach their potential Mā te raraunga e āwhina te rangatahi kia eke ki tō rātou tino teitei

Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services relies on census information to understand the situation of the rangatahi in its community who need help to reach their potential.

Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Services

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Robson Tavita saw a need in his community. Its at-risk Pacific and Māori young people were falling between the cracks. To succeed, they needed education. And to get education, they needed support.

That is why he founded Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service (TYMS). Since 2010, TYMS has provided mentoring, advocacy and support for almost 2000 primarily Māori and Pacific youth, and their families.

Census data plays an important role in shaping TYMS' evidence-based programmes. It helps the team understand the situation of rangatahi in their community. With that understanding, they can identify the kinds of support rangatahi need.

"Census information gives you a voice, which gives you visibility."

Dale Rasmussen, General Manager, Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service

As a result of TYMS' work, rangatahi feel more connected to their cultures, communities, schools, and whānau, with new senses of pride and belonging.

Learn more about Tuilaepa Youth Mentoring Service

Your data is helping your community

Government agencies, councils, iwi, community groups, and businesses use data to make decisions and plans that affect us all.


By taking part in the census you help create a better understanding of your community and what it needs.