Great News! We won Gold!

We are delighted to announce that the research project the Collaborative was part of, about young people’s experience and views about pornography, won gold at the 2022 global ESOMAR Research Effectiveness Awards (REA), in Toronto on 20th of September.

The award to Te Mana Whaakatu – The Classification Office – is for the three-part research series:

1. NZ Youth and Porn (2018), a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 14 to 17-year-olds by Kantar Public;

2. Breaking Down Porn (2019) an inhouse content analysis of the 200 most watched porn videos on Pornhub, and

3. Growing up with Porn (2020) 52 qualitative interviews of 14-17 year-olds by The Collaborative Trust.

Huge congratulations to Sarah Wylie and her awesome team: Dame Sue Bagshaw, Ria Schroder, Henry Talbot, Wiremu Gray, Phil Siataga, Kelly Whyte, Mike Tamati, Miffy Barling, Stacey Holbrough, and many others, including most of all the amazing rangatahi who bravely shared their whakaaro. The names on the trophy certainly don't reflect the team effort involved!

The Office and Ministry of Education used the research when developing Ka huri I te kōrero – Changing the conversations around pornography. The resource supports teachers to talk about pornography with young people when delivering relationships and sexuality education.
The Ministry also used the research to update the relationship and sexuality education curriculum guidelines and created an online safer digital behaviours pilot to develop critical thinking in nine to 12-year olds.
Sexual and public health experts, the Light Project, used the research to train and provide resources for services that work with youth and it provided insights for their youth-focussed website
The research informed the internationally acclaimed Keep it Real Online viral porn advert commissioned by the Department of Internal Affairs featuring two actors playing fake porn stars who turn up to an unsuspecting teenage boy’s house.
Te Mana Whakaatu Research Lead Henry Talbot said engaging with young people is what made the research valuable.
Last year the research won the Research Association New Zealand (RANZ), Dynata Supreme Award at the 2021 Research Association Effectiveness Awards.


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Have you seen the two parts of our Hope Project?

1. The book "Been There - Young People's Stories of struggle and Hope."  

25 stories from young people about how, from the depth of trauma and abuse, they found the hope that gave them new life. More.

See Resources

2. "Sharing Hope: Co-creating understandings of what gives young people hope"

 Our major Research project designed by a group of young people who then carried out all the individual and group interviews. 

A summary for young people is here.

A summary  for those who care for or support young people is here.

The full report of the findings is here.

Fliers available from 298 Youth Health Centre (1/25 Churchill St, ChCh)  Take a bundle to give to people & services: health centres, schools, sports clubs, libraries etc.

The research is funded by the Oakley Foundation.

A workshop exploring uses of this research, with young researcher Peggy Tombs, is available. See the In-House Training Request button below


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