The project involved youth workers and young people interviewing more than 30 kaumatua and kuia from different rohe and iwi about their experiences as children and young people through the transition to adulthood. Included in the report is one of the most comprehensive literature reviews on the subject of rites of passage and youth development for Māori and indigenous peoples. The project identified a number of principles upon which traditional rites of passage have been based and suggests these may be adapted into contemporary contexts to promote healthy transitions for young Māori through adolescence into responsible adult life and contributing members of whānau, hapū and communities. Funded by the Lottery Community Sector Research Fund (2009-2011).
For more information see the Te Ora Hou website here: https://teorahou.org.nz/resources/hei-tikitiki-rites-of-passage-research/