Within other organization a mission statement is normally the entity's statement of purpose. Poutama is a Maori based organization and operates under a Maori Kaupapa; which is comparable to other organizations mission statements.
The Kaupapa was formulated in 1987 by considering certain factors pertaining to young Maori in Auckland, for example, high unemployment figures, lower levels of education, lack of qualifications, and the lack of 'Tikanga'. It is the priority of Poutama to address these issues with the utmost commitment to the Kaupapa.
Within Poutama, the emphasis is placed on 'Maori Tikanga' thus day to day activities reflect this approach. When conflict or uncertainty surrounds a proposed decision the 'Kaupapa' is referred to, in order assist with the decision making process. The structure and delivery of programmes is based on Maori Pedagogy in particular the 'Whare Tapa Wha' model which encompasses 'Taha Wairua, Taha Tinana, Taha Hinengaro and Taha Whanau' therefore providing a model which is holistic in its application.
In essence the 'Poutama' programme is directed towards meeting the needs of students in their transition from school to work. The programme acts as a net for young people with no marketable skills, no techniques for finding a job, and no access to resources. The programme aims to help students deal particularly with particular barriers to stable employment.
Poutama acts as a personal interface between young people and the employment marketplace, i.e. Employers, Work and Income NZ, Universities and Polytechnic's. It is apparent that many young people lack direction and stability in their lives, and we believe that our strength lies in the unique structure of our programme, which is both practical and relevant in meeting the needs of the students.