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Researcher Dr Ramona Tiatia advocates for Porirua youth

Thursday 3 November 2016 8:27am

Public Health researcher Dr Ramona Tiatia has identified an urgent need for affordable facilities and activities for Porirua youth.

With colleagues from the University of Otago, Wellington, she has recently completed a study in Porirua City that found better facilities and affordable activities for youth are urgently needed to achieve social sector change.

The BLITZ study, part of the wider Porirua Social Sector Trial (PSST) in association with Dwell Housing Trust, used a new app to survey approximately 100 children and youth, 100 whānau, and service providers to discover the youth’s vision for the city.

As lead researcher Dr Ramona Tiatia says a significant finding was that only 28 per cent of providers in the study felt that they were operating at a high standard when it came to collaborating with other agencies.

“This indicates low levels of co-operation between agencies confirming why many whanau find it hard to get the right information and assistance they need to deal with various long-term complex issues in Porirua, like those which the PSST are trying to address,” says Dr Tiatia.

Read the full story in Otago Bulletin:

Researchers identify urgent needs for Porirua youth