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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.

Jen has extensive experience in the public health, health promotion and community/youth development sector and brings to our organisation a  passion for young people, a passion for social justice and a passion for building on peoples strengths for positive outcomes.


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.

With a passion for people and in particular youth Steve is committed to positive outcomes for young people and helping them to realize and fulfill their potential.

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.

Gus has extensive experience and passion in teaching young people creative and media related skills such as Filming, vlogging, video editing, DJing, Beat making, Music production, adobe suite, Pro Tools and website development and encouraging young people to explore careers and or higher education driven by their passion.

Kassara Boaza


Kassara is studying business finance at Toi Oho Mai and assists the youth centre with administration and accounts support.

Richard Bell

Youth Worker - Navigator

Richard Bell has recently moved back home to Rotorua from Wellington where he graduated with a Bachelor of Youth Development. He has a passion for community lead change, youth participation in decision-making and tacos.

With experience working for some of New Zealand’s top tourism providers, he brings knowledge of the changing employment market.

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.


Kirsty Nicholson

Youth Worker - Navigator

Kirsty’s passion is working with young people and helping them find out who they are, what they want to do and where they want to be!

Kirsty has a wealth of knowledge from working at Te Maioha o Parekarangi in various roles including employment Co-Ordinator, and wants to help youth into employment. As well as assisting young people in to employment, Kirsty facilitates our hospitality programmes including Barista and cooking.

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