MYSTORY Summit: Born to make an impact

20 March 2019


MYSTORY Summit: Born to make an impact 

200 South Auckland Pacific youth are expected to attend with their families.

Date: Friday 21 to Saturday 22 June, 2019 

Event Type: Two Day Summit and Summit Network Event/Dinner 

Venue: Holiday Inn, Ascot Avenue, Mangere, Auckland 

SouthSeas Healthcare Trust and the Ministry of Education are pleased to work in collaboration with young people to deliver the MYSTORY Youth Summit. Co-curated with the MYSTORY Youth Interns, the Youth Summit seeks to provide a platform for amplifying youth, whanāu and community voice that leads to a proactive call to action based on the stories of solutions shared.


Day One is open to youth participants, sponsors, and invited policy analysts and youth workers.

MYSTORY Youth Summit Dinner: Closed Dinner Invitation.
Theme: “Stories of Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow”

Day Two is open to our wider community, youth, whanāu, providers and youth workers.

This is a FREE event, but spaces are limited.

Day One Summit programme, Friday 21 June 2019

Summit Dinner programme, Friday 21 June 2019 evening

Day Two Summit programme, Saturday 22 June 2019

Summit Keynote speakers

1. Hon. Peeni Henare, Minister of Youth Development
2. Toeolesulusulu Damon Salesa, University of Auckland Pro Vice Chancellor (Pacific)
3. Professor Marshall Ganz, Harvard University, Cambridge, Boston (USA)
4. Judge Andrew Becroft, Children’s Commissioner, Office of the Children's Commissioner NZ
5. Dr Teuila Percival, Chairperson SouthSeas Healthcare Trust Board
6. Silao Vaisola Sefo, Chief Executive SouthSeas Healthcare Trust Board
7. Naoupu Halle Tapuivao, Parent and Community Speaker
8. Antonio Ameto Afaese, MYSTORY Youth Intern
9. Ministry of Education official, key sponsor

Summit Theme: Born to make an impact

The summit is an extension of the MYSTORY Project, designed to bring the community together to share existing and newly created solutions. The MYSTORY Summit theme “Born to Make an Impact” was designed by two young Pasifika students from South Auckland. The theme has a dual meaning; firstly, that every young person was born with purpose, implying that everyone has a pathway meant for them to succeed and do well. The second meaning of the theme is that every unique individual in the Pasifika youth community was born to create a difference with and for their community and loved ones – it is an active sense of why a young person was born – to make an impact.

MYSTORY Youth Summit Design and Streams

In March this year, MYSTORY collected youth voice, in the form of over 700 surveys at the ASB Auckland Polyfest event. From these surveys, we asked young people to identify four of the top challenges they face as a Pasifika young people in New Zealand. Education was the top challenge.

We have designed the summit to have breakout streams which reflect the top four challenges, young people identified through the surveys. Each presentation from young people in each stream will be stories of solution(s) to the challenges.

It is intended that the summit not be an isolated event, but rather that there will be planned follow-up activities to ensure that summit participants and MYSTORY project participants remain engaged in community-based initiatives that were established and strengthened from attendance and engagement at the summit.

MYSTORY Youth Summit Outcomes

The key outcomes of the summit are;

1.      ENGAGED THINKING AND LEARNING – A young person will be aware of their behaviour, actions, and thinking process based on the information that they are engaging with at the summit. The young person will have an emotional engagement with the stories shared and as a speaker, to feel confident and secure in the experiences they are facing in education, or life. The young person will have an avenue to progress the challenges faced into solutions.

2.    ARTICULATING PERSPECTIVE – A young person feels supported, confident and able to present their voice and story to share their experiences and solutions in a way in which they feel most confident. This includes the use of varied languages and mediums of communication and technology.

3.    SELF MANAGEMENT – A young person will be self-motivated to act on learnings acquired from the MYSTORY Youth Summit to establish their own personal goals, create an action plan and ensure they follow through (with knowledge from the summit about who to access for help and support).

4.    RELATIONAL UNDERSTANDING AND INTERACTION – A young person will have met, interacted and had conversations established on mutual understanding, common ground and connection with other young people and members from the community.

5.    MEANINGFUL ENGAGEMENT – A young person will be able to participate in and contribute to the MYSTORY Youth Summit in a way they feel is meaningful to their learning. 

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