KiwiMANA Kaiārahi - Stepping Up For Life

Our KiwiMANA programme is about helping youth create great lives

Supporting our taitamariki through mentoring, building trust, listening and sharing aroha


Our Kaiārahi (mentors) work with KiwiMANA youth to support the Four Cornerstones of Wellness, as illustrated in Te Whare Tapa Whā health model by Sir Mason Durie: Mental/Emotionaltaha hinengaro, Physicaltaha tinana, Spiritualtaha wairua, Socialtaha whānau.

  • Respect for Self is a baseboard from which health choices can spring
  • Every Child has Talents or Gifts but some need our help to unwrap them
  • All Taitamariki (children and young people) have the right to thrive

Ways you can help

Become angel youth mentor (Kaiārahi)

Our KiwiMANA Kaiārahi Programme is about matching mentors to young people. Our mentors make a real difference, and you can too!

We are looking for people from 25 to 75yrs old who are empathetic, calm and genuinely interested in youth development and wellness. You must be culturally sensitive, have a clean and current drivers license, be drug free and willing to share your time with one or more local youth. While a police vetting check is part of the process, any previous criminal records will not necessarily prohibit you from registering interest. We want people who understand the difficulties life can present, and who have navigated to a healthy and sustainable present. Register your interest on this page and we will follow up with you by email to start with. (No commitment at all by registering interest!)

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Meet some of our Rangatahi (young people) doing Great Things

Three women sitting on a colourful patchwork rug doing crochet with lots of balls of wool and orange, purple and yellow beanbags in the background
Rainbow Rangatahi engaging in crafts
Growing self-respect, resilience and life skills
QUOTE:The joy of feeling empowered to deliver the best of me
Youth and her mum with Angel mentor.
A maori man with a moustache grins and does a thumbs up. He's wearing a lime green teeshirt with KT Kerikeri Touch printed on it, and he holds a football. On the table in front of him are more balls, teeshirts and red and green bibs.and
Mentor ready to get tamariki active
Getting Drivers Licences is a critical pathway to success
Sporting Retail/Tourism
Manufacturing and Retail
Four girls in Maori costume with poi for kapahaka performance
Rangatahi adorned in traditional costume for KapaHaka Festival
Two youth climbing the mast rigging silhouetted by the sun against bright blue sky
Brave rangatahi overcoming fears
Sharing their successes and encouraging others to study
Pride and purpose
Health and Fitness is a career opportunity. Community businesses help mentor the youth to grow great work skills.
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