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Using rugby for youth collaboration


07 April 2019


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MYSTORY in collaboration with Papatoetoe Rugby Club.

With there being so many Pacific Island professional rugby players, SouthSeas Healthcare have explored opportunities with Papatoetoe Rugby Club, using the game as a way to reach out to and connect with South Auckland Pacific youth.

The collaboration featured a video with Tino (JP) Poluleuligaga Malo the Director of Papatoetoe Rugby Club and SouthSeas Public Health Team Leader Shaun Tautali encouraging South Auckland youth to be part of the programme.

Tino says partnering with SouthSeas uses rugby as a vehicle to motivate and empower Pacific youth and calls those aged 18 to 23 to join.

“If you’re at home and not doing anything, not working or not doing a course, and you’re looking for something to do then we encourage you to come and be a part of our team. The values we uphold in our club and try and instil in our young people are discipline, commitment, sacrifice and resilience.”

The collaboration is an extension of the MYSTORY programme which targets Pacific youth of South Auckland to encourage them to engage in a range of activities for life skills learning.

Shaun says that following the success of the MYSTORY programme, SouthSeas are now actively working towards establishing their next steps in connecting with the sports sector and other areas where there is a powerful connection and learning experience with young people.

“With the MYSTORY Pacific Youth Summit in June the focus is on youth voice,” says Shaun.

“MYSTORY provides that platform for our Pacific youth and fosters resilience through the art of storytelling, inspiring them to be confident and courageous and to openly share with others their personal journeys, successes and life challenges they have faced.”

“The collaboration with the Papatoetoe Rugby Club will help grow participation in the sport of rugby at a grassroots level, and if it can, improve public awareness of the importance of young people’s contribution to society. This will be a fantastic result,” says Shaun.

MYSTORY honours and celebrates young Pasifika people and recognises the importance of their stories to engage, motivate and inspire others.

Storytelling plays a significant part in a Pacific young person’s journey and the Pacific Youth Summit is all about relationships and acknowledging the voice of South Auckland youth.

Click here for more information about the MYSTORY Pacific Youth Summit.

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