Whakatauki Gifted from the Runanga
Te Runanga Taiohi o te Hāhi Katorika o Aotearoa – The New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference’s Council for Young People welcomes you to this updated iteration of what was Hikoi Tahi -Journeying Together: Standards of Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry. The scope of this orignial document has been expanded since its inception in 2006. The certainity of ensuring our ministries are safe and inclusive is normative across Aoteroa and this resource is the starting point for making sure we faciliate epic experiences for our taiohi—young people. Manawhakahaere is our tikanga and we invite you to use these resources to prepare and plan to the high expectations held by the NZCBC and demanded by the parents and principal caregivers of those in our care.
Statement of Purpose
This webpage is designed to have an impact on the accompaniment of young people in the context of ministry to young people in the catholic Church. It provides both policy, including expectations of our national safeguarding of young and vulnerable people tikanga
Message from the Bishops
Te Korero o Whakatauria o te Te Rohe Pīhopa o Te Hāhi Katorika ō Aotearoa
Message from the New Zealand Catholic Bishops Conference.
All young people in our Church should feel safe and respected. Accepting this responsibility, Hikoi Tahi outlines the basic standards of good practice for Catholic Youth and Young Adult Ministry in Aotearoa New Zealand.
Ministry to young people is complex, challenging, and essential. Many contribute to this vital ministry – volunteers, employees, clergy, and religious – all of whom give generously of their time and energy. This document is intended to guide them, equipping our ministers to safeguard the young people in their care.
Those who minister to young people represent the Church in a powerfully tangible way. They are the hands, feet, and face of the Church. The standards of Hikoi Tahi aim to ensure that every encounter of Church that young people experience is one that affirms their dignity and reflects the great love that Jesus has for them.
This document sets out the foundational standards expected of all those involved in youth and young adult’s ministry. The standards are based and build upon NOPS. I urge all of those involved in ministry to young people to familarise themselves with these guidelines.
We have a responsibility to live and to work by these principles; to safeguard the dignity of our young people, to protect those who minister to them, and to remain faithful to the Church’s mission.
Most Reverend Michael Gielen
Bishop of Christchurch
Conference Deputy for National Council for Young Catholics (NCYC)
New Zealand Catholic Bishops’ Conference
WHAKATERE – HOW TO NAVIGATE THIS PAGE
The page has been designed to connect you quickly with the with the area you looking to find information about. There are links to the policy and documentation of the National Office for Professional Standards (NOPS). It has exemplars of Risk Analysis and Management RAMS forms. It is set up to help you navigate the standards and expectations of working with both and vulnerable people in the Catholic Youth Ministry Context. It is divided into sections of policy, cultural awareness, procedures for safe guarding, planning templates and so on, so that young church events are prepared to a high standard on inclusion, safety and fun!
Code of Conduct
Safety Checking & Police Vetting
Process for Volunteers
Police Vetting Service Link
NOPS Contacts Poster
NOPS Contacts Poster (English)
NOPS Contacts Poster (Māori)
NOPS Contacts Poster (Tongan)
NOPS Contacts Poster (Samoan)
NOPS Contacts Poster (Korean)
NOPS Complaints Process Poster
NOPS Complaints Process Poster (English)
NOPS Complaints Process Poster (Māori)
NOPS Complaints Process Poster (Tongan)
NOPS Complaints Process Poster (Samoan)
NOPS Complaints Process Poster (Korean)
Catholic Safeguarding Policies
Photos, Video and Digital Images
Standards for Creating a Safeguarding
Processes for Volunteers
National Safeguarding Culture
National Catholic Standards
Considerations for Safe Ministry
Hikoi Tahi— Journeying Together
Social Media Safety
LGBTQIA+ Safety Online
Māori World View on Safety — Whānau Ora
Māori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge.Te Tiriti o Waitangi, Te Ao Māori and a whānau-centred approach need to drive Māori wellbeing. It also proposes using the Whānau Ora Outcomes Framework, agreed to by iwi and the Crown, as a way to consider wellbeing in a holistic and connected way.