Rising Rangatahi

Rising Rangatahi

Rising Rangatahi is a youth inclusion project located in Kawatiri, NZ. Our aim is to help provide our rangatahi with all the foundations and services to promote a positive life. Receiving referrals from caregivers, professional and services to provide and promote the Whanau Ora approach.

Contact Details:


Bianca Smith

Wananga (Te Ha O Kawatiri)

Mataruanga – support rangatahi to learn and develop their skills and knowledge about themselves, their culture, their potential, their future, and their role/place in this world.

Holly Parsons

Whanau Tautoko (Homebuilders)

  • Matua support for whanau wellbeing
  • Social work services for parents/caregivers/siblings/matua of vulnerable rangatahi
  • Receiving referrals from partners working alongside other agencies
Tessa Spillane

Youth Worker/Co-ordinator (Buller REAP)

  • Youth work/mentoring
  • Co-ordinate Whenua Iti, Explore and Anyone Can Read to deliver services
  • Co-ordinate C.A.C.T.U.S/After School Programme in collaboration with other services
  • Strengthen the Youth Services Network
  • Have a community presence and provide support where needed within the Kawatiri youth sector


Anyone Can Read Literacy Programme (Noel McArthur)

Experienced support for engaging rangatahi to achieve their literacy and numeracy goals.

Provide training to individuals who would like to carry this knowledge further into the community

Every Thursday & Friday in-term

Whenua Iti – Active Recreation

2-days holiday programme for all Kawatiri rangatahi including a range of activities; caving, kayaking, biking, climbing etc

4-days in term programme more aimed at rangatahi outside of education and employment and or at risk of offending with the same wide range of the activities listed above but with a more in-depth look into leadership, confidence and self-esteem building and future opportunities.

Explore – Training for professionals

 Positive behaviour support and trauma informed care training including sensory considerations

To build capacity in the community to have a pool of champions to support their peers in the region

2 x half days each term