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Youth Development


Chief Executive Officer

Jen is originally from Scotland and been in New Zealand for 14 years working in several leadership/management roles in health, not-for-profit, local authority and education sectors.

Jen has extensive experience in the public health, health promotion and community/youth development sector

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Youth Development Manager

Kia ora! Steve Holmes here! I have been working with youth for about 25 years both as a youth worker and in youth development management. My job includes ensuring that all of our programmes achieve the best outcomes for our rangatahi.

I love my job, and get great satisfaction in working in a team whose focus is to help young people realise their value and take steps towards reaching their amazing potential.

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Social Worker

Ko Matawhaura te Maunga, Ko Rotoiti te Roto, Ko Ngati Pikiao te Hapu, Ko Te Arawa te Waka, Ko Te Arawa te Iwi.

Born and bred in Rotorua I love this place I call home! I am lucky enough to be the Registered Social worker for our organisation.I have been here in this role for 5 years.

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Mates and Dates Coordinator

Hey I’m Fem and my partner in crime is Scooby.

I am a nurse but do a few different things at the youth centre. My main job is co-ordinating and delivering Mates and Dates which is a sexual violence prevention and healthy relationship program which we run in the schools.

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Youth Worker - Creative Programmes

The name’s GUS TE MONI. I am a tireless seeker of knowledge, occasional purveyor of wisdom and also, coincidentally, a radio broadcasting champion, reigning KING of processes & systems and loyal worker for the youth and their families.

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Youth Worker - Navigator

Kia ora! Joel King-Hazel here. I am one of the team members of the youth development team.

Our team is dedicated to creating programmes and projects for young people to take part in, that expand and challenge young people through activities.

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Hey! I am Kassara Boaza;

I have worked at the Youth Centre for over 4 years;

You may have seen me at the reception desk or spoke to me over the phone 😊

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Nga Mihi I am the new administration support, Waipai Knight.

I work alongside kassara to ensure the centre runs nice and smooth, I’m the one you come to if you have any enquiries or need to be connected with our team. On most days I will be your first hello and last goodbye.

I want to consolidate the potential and diversity rangatahi offer by making the appropriate connections to help make life just a little bit easier for the youth.


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Youth Worker - Navigator

Hi I’m Kirsty!

I am a Youth Worker Navigator at the Youth Centre and I am here to support and empower rangatahi by assisting, mentoring and coaching them on their journey into employment or study .. or where ever they want to go! As well as assisting young people on their journey, I facilitate our hospitality programmes including Barista and cooking.

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