Current Vacancies at Te Runanga o Nga Maata Waka:  

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youth coach NEET - christchurch

FUll time position on fixed-term contract

 this is an exciting opportunity to support youth in your community throughout Greater Christchurch

We are seeking a motivated and energetic worker with great initiative to join our team.

This is a varied role involving individual and group work, mentoring and supporting youth who are currently not in education, training or employment (NEET) to achieve their goals and aspirations.

You will:

  • engage with young people, whanau, communities, colleagues and stakeholders to support positive change for youth. 

  • develop self-confidence, motivation and employability skills in youth you work alongside.

  • assess the strengths, needs and risks of young people and completing individual plans for them.

  • support youth as they embark upon apprenticeships, education, employment or training.


As a Youth Coach, your passion and enthusiasm will mean that you enjoy mentoring and supporting youth. Your professionalism is a given and you should be able to complete related administrative tasks with ease. 

Your key responsibilities would include: 

  • Completing initial assessments with young people
  • Advocating on young people’s behalf
  • Supporting young people to navigate systems and processes
  • Ensuring thorough and comprehensive case management, maintaining strong administration and data records
  • Ensuring accurate and timely client notes and using databases
  • Engaging with young people and sometimes their families/whanau to create positive outcomes
  • Undertaking regular supervision and reflection on your clinical work

The successful applicant will ideally have:

  • Proven experience in working and supporting a team
  • Strong Community networking and awareness of their community and the services/networks that are available
  • Past experience with working with youth and whanau
  • ability to self-manage and work independently
  • A full NZ driver licence
  • A passion and heart for young people
  • Excellent administration, written/oral communication and time management skills

If this sounds like you, send a cover letter and a copy of your CV to

Applications close 5pm Friday 19 January 2018

For a job description click here.

driver mentoring programmes

Volunteer mentors

 This is a great opportunity for student teachers to gain confidence teaching, or members of the community wanting to contribute towards positive outcomes for young people. “Driven by the community, for the community”.

Tēnā koutou e ngā māta waka ō a tātou hāpori e whai wāhi mai ki te aro ki tēnei kaupapa.

The Driver Mentoring Programmes (LDMP) have been set up as community led initiatives for motivated rangatahi to access the learning resources and necessary support to begin their journey towards being capable and confident road users.  

Tai Aranui – National Marae Justice Hub is currently seeking Expressions of Interest for Community Mentors to assist young (16-24 year old) unlicensed drivers to work towards obtaining their learners licence. 

the following Driver Mentoring Programmes require volunteer mentors 


  • Learner Driver Mentoring Programme

First course of 2018 starts on the 14th of February and there will be up to 20-25 students working towards their licence at any one time, with a Lead Mentor facilitating the lessons.

The course itself consists of 4 x 1.5 hour sessions, held over 4 evenings (1 per week) at Nga Hau E Wha National Marae.  Volunteer Mentors would need to be available 30 minutes before the first evening session start-time for a short brief on the course delivery, and subsequently be available for the four 1.5 hour sessions, 


  • community Driver Mentoring Programme

Course comprises 30 hours of mentor accompanied driving spread over 12 weeks

The first course of 2018 commences on the 5th of March.

To be a Community Mentor you need to:

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  • Be at least 20 years old
  • Have held a Full NZ Drivers Licence for a minimum of 2 years
  • Pass a ‘fit and proper person’ assessment by the Police
  • Consent to relevant checks and sharing of this information with NZTA, AA, Tai Aranui / Te Runanga O Nga Maata Waka, and NZ Police
  • Be available to supervise a learner driver for the duration of the programme (30 hours over 12 weeks)
  • Attend a 2 ½ hour induction mentor training session, including in-car training
  • Have the desire to want to make a difference in someone’s life through giving your invaluable experience and time

If you are interested in being a volunteer mentor, please email or phone Tyne Becker ( / 022 161 4765) with your:
  • full name
  • driver licence number
  • phone number
  • email address

Whakamanahia ō tatou hāpori, kia pihi, kia pua!