We practice what we call “presence-based youth work”.  We are youth workers who live in the community where the young people are.  

We are not just youth workers; we are neighbours and sports coaches and youth group leaders as well.  We believe this is key to how we build effective, authentic relationships with young people.

Our mahi – Programmes

24-7 YouthWork

We have two 24-7 youth workers in Kaipara College. 24-7 is a nationwide youth work movement that embeds youth workers in schools through a partnership between the school and a local church.

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Youth Service (MSD)

Our youth workers holistically support and mentor young people, helping them toward positive outcomes and good life choices.

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Alternative Education

In partnership with Kaipara College, we provide those youth aged 13 – 16, who cannot continue in mainstream schooling, with an alternative fulltime relationship-based education.

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Heads Up Mentoring

Young people who come to the attention of the police often need the support of a mentor to help them fulfil requirements and sanctions imposed by the court or Youth Justice system.

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Drive Outwest

Our Drive Outwest programme runs free learner licence courses, and provides practical support for those preparing for their restricted and full licence tests.

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E Tū Tauira

This programme extends our mahi into local primary schools as well as Kaipara College.  E Tū Tauira is a fun interactive, co-curated  series of workshops for Year 7–13 students, that focus on wellbeing, group dynamics, leadership development, and positive contribution.

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Youth Work is the development of a relationship between a youth worker and a young person, where the young person is empowered and supported in their holistic, positive development as rangatahi who contribute to themselves, their whānau, community and world.

Adapted from Ara Taiohi Youth Work Code of Ethics, 2011



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