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Youth Development

Jennifer Murray

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.

Steve Holmes

Youth Development Manager

Steve has an extensive history in youth development having worked with young people and children since he was in his late teens (a wee while ago). Steve’s work history included tourism, youth work and management.

Gus Te Moni

Youth Worker - Creative Programmes

Gus was born in Auckland and raised on the streets of South Auckland. Having had a humble beginning to life coming from a home that is broken but with supportive parents Gus managed to score some mahi on MAI FM when he was young which kick-started his love for radio and the media industry.

Kassara Boaza

Administration

Kirsten Bangs

Partnership Broker - Youth Opportunities

Richard Bell

Youth Worker - Navigator

Richard Bell has recently moved home to Rotorua from Wellington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Youth Development and  is a founding member of Korowai Tupu, The Professional Association of Youth Workers.

Richard is committed to honouring Te Triti, evidence based youth work and community development practice.

His diverse range of experiences includes community development, youth work and business.

Joel King-Hazel

Youth Worker - Navigator

Joel’s heart has always been for young people! The idea of helping a young person achieve their goals – To help Young people identify that there is more to life then what’s directly in front of them drives him.

As well as being a talented musician, Joel has worked as a youth mentor and and coach for one of Rotorua’s largest youth organisations coordinated youth centres and lead church youth groups.

Melody Marukore

Youth Worker - Navigator

Melody’s passion is working with children and youth. Melody has gained valuable experience at Te Maioha O Parekarangi were she lead programs in the residence and also helped the boys with employment and courses once they are released.

 

Abigail Greaves

Youth Worker - Navigator

Abigail has had a varied career in youth work having worked as a Youth Worker at Te Maioha O Parekarangi Youth Justice, a Therapeutic Community Worker at Stand Children’s Services and a Student Advisor at the University of Minnesota Duluth

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