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 the Whare Tapa Wha health model by Sir Mason Durie:  Mental/Emotionaltaha hinengaro,  Physicaltaha tinana,  Spiritualtaha wairua,  Social– taha whanau

  • 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!)

Check out Our Sponsorship Opportunities in our Angel Shop

Register your Interest

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

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.
Getting Drivers Licences is a critical pathway to success
Sporting Retail/Tourism
Manufacturing and Retail
Pride and purpose
Sharing their successes and encouraging others to study
Health and Fitness is a career opportunity. Community businesses help mentor the youth to grow great work skills.


Youth between 16-24 years old who are ready to Step Up. They are not in employment and not in education. If they are on a WINZ programme they can still apply.

Currently between several locations in the Mid-Far North, Aotearoa.

At the moment the programme runs for seven weeks: ten days bush, seven days on camp learning life skills, (17 days live-in) three weeks’ work experience (living back home) then seven days back on camp.(live-in). This timetable is subject to change.

We expect all candidates to be more prepared for work and everyone will be encouraged to find employment, with support from the KiwiMANA team.

We will follow up for at least 12 months with mentoring and communication to help resolve any challenges in the work place.

Yes, each person will be assessed by a team as to suitability for the course.

At this stage there is no dollar cost to the applicant. We do, however, expect 100% commitment to the team values, learning, and working hard. We also require whanau to be supportive, and follow up with values at home.

Yes, if we have all their details and it’s approved by the Ministry of Social Development.

If they are not in employment, education or training they may  need to register with WINZ. Let’s discuss it.

Qualified Adventure Educators. They are all certified adventure providers and every caution is taken to keep the team safe.

A good attitude and a willingness to STEP UP. A gear list will be provided once the applicant has been accepted. Most of the kit is provided. The only requirement is some basic clothing and footwear.

Each applicant will be assessed at the interview stage for suitability.

Yes, all meals are provided and the applicants learn to cook. Bedding is supplied.

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