We are a small team of friendly healthcare professionals who are passionate about the health and wellbeing of the youth in our community. We are excited to see positive change in the lives of our local youth and offer a non-judgmental space to nurture and develop their health and wellbeing.

Whanake means to rise up to the sky, 
to move onwards, to spring up, 
develop and to grow...

Our space on Stoke- Whanake, Nelson offers a warm, safe and friendly space for local youth aged 13-25 to come and hang out, get creative and find answers and support for any general concerns or health worries.

Our goal is to raise the quality of care for young people across the district, from Nelson through Tasman, by providing youth services such as holistic healthcare, advice, support, a safe space and an inspiring place, watched over by knowledgeable, trained professionals who deeply care about our community and how the youth are raised.



The Youth Health and Wellbeing Charitable Trust was formed in March 2017 and we proudly call ourselves: Whanake Youth.


Whanake means to rise up to the sky, to move onwards, to spring up, develop and to grow. We believe that this name resonates with our mission.



To empower rangatahi to participate and lead their journey from adolescence to adulthood with the support of community and whanau.



To ensure all rangatahi/young people in the Nelson, Tasman and Marlborough region have timely and youth appropriate access to health and wellbeing services.

In April 2017, as a direct result of consulting with over 3000 young people in the Nelson Tasman Marlborough area in 2016 and after several community meetings, the Youth Health and Wellbeing Trust was formed.

Our working name is Whanake Youth. 


Our name was chosen in consultation with Te Piki Oranga,

young people and the Board of Trustees.



Youth Centred

 Youth and their whanau remain central and empowered to participate in all aspects of health and wellbeing.

Culturally Safe

Cultural safety is accepted and maintained as an essential component of all care.



Learning and adopting existing best practice examples of youth development health care and management while avoiding duplicated services.


Establishing appropriate, measurable indicators that will provide useful feedback about achieved health and wellbeing improvements. 


Focussed on reducing health disparities in the community.


Health sector professionals will be enabled to maximise their delivery of quality care across community and relevant services.


Congratulations to the following people who were voted as the new Whanake Youth Board for 2019/2020. We look forward to more exciting news from the Board as Whanake Youth continues to grow. 

Debbie Hollebon-Chairperson

Debbie Bright-Treasurer

Petra Dunlop-Youth rep

Esther Walters-Youth rep

Jacob Wealleans-Youth rep

Charlie Parfitt-Board member

Jaqueline Bone-Board member

Lee-ann O'Brien-Board Member


Lee-ann O'Brien - Manager

Ruth Rogers - Youth Health Nurse

Gwyneth Barr - Youth Health Nurse

Tania Wright - Youth Health Nurse

Jess van Arendonk - Youth Project lead

Robyn Fenselau - Social Worker

Kerry Budge - Business Support Manager

Joanne Bradley - Counsellor student (NMIT)

Margaret Martin-Board Secretary (Volunteer)

Youth Team
Esther Walters

Jacob Wealleans

Jayvin Waters

Kiana Shutkowski

Ruby Vidgen

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Contact Us

021 1542369

Unit N, 530 Main Rd Stoke, Nelson 7011

PO Box 2004, Stoke Nelson 7041

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A BIG Thank You to Our Sponsors & Supporters

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