Upwards recognises Te Tiriti O Waitangi and as such, we’re working towards how we structure our organisation to respect the rights of our tangata whenua.  

Upwards seeks to foster relationships between Te Ao Māori (the Māori world), Pasifika and Pākehā worlds. It’s underpinned by a focus on wellbeing for the whole person, and a strengths-based approach. We follow the Code of Ethics For Youth Work in Aotearoa New Zealand.