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 Whānau Ora approach.
Homebuilders West Coast Trust, Te Hā O Kawatiri and Buller REAP work in collaboration for this initiative.

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
Bianca Smith

Wananga (Te Hā O Kawatiri)

Mātaruanga – 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.

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 cchool 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



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
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-day holiday programme for all Kawatiri rangatahi including a range of activities; caving, kayaking, biking, climbing etc.
  • 4-days in term programme aimed at rangatahi outside of education and employment and or at risk of offending with the same wide range of the activities listed above. This 4 day programme takes a more in-depth look into leadership, confidence and self-esteem building and future opportunities.


To make a referral or to find out more information please contact:

Email: support@risingrangatahi.co.nz

Phone: 021 060 5558