This research proposal aims to provide a better understanding of the concept of rites of passage in a contemporary Maori society. The project will be underpinned by a kaupapa Maori research framework and grounded in Maori cultural concepts, values and beliefs. Qualitative methods such as whanau focus group discussions and individual face-to-face interviews using a photovoice method to document and recall stories will be utilised as data collection methods. Potential outcomes to stem from this will strengthen the capability of Maori communities to support rangatahi. It will also enable the development of culturally specific solution orientated strategies and policies which can increase the capacity of Maori community end users to support their youth in the transition from childhood to adolescence and into adulthood by bridging the fields of youth and community development for the benefit of the whanau and influence services to better support whanau Maori within their own communities.