THE STORY OF WHANAKE YOUTH
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.
We are a 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 rangatahi 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 office is based at Unit N, 530 Main Rd Stoke (in Stoke Central Mall). Most of our staff are out and about in the community most days, but do pop in anytime between 8.30-4.30pm as would love to see you.
HQ is our awesome youth space. During winter we are open everyday apart from Wednesdays between 3-5pm. We do some awesome community building, cooking, watching movies or being outside amongst nature.
HQ is available for young people age 12-24 years is located at 548 Main Rd Stoke (behind Stoke Memorial hall) next to Marsden Cricket ground.
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, supported by knowledgeable, trained professionals who deeply care about our community and how the young people are nurtured.
The Youth Health and Wellbeing Charitable Trust was formed in March 2017 and we proudly call ourselves: Whanake Youth.
To empower rangatahi to participate and lead their journey from adolescence to adulthood with the support of community and whanau.
Every young person has the opportunity to realise their potential .
Whanaungatanga (I am connected)
Manaakitanga (I am valued)
Aroha (I matter)
Ngākau whakaute (Respect)
Jaqueline Bone-Board Secretary
Bastian Atkinson-Youth rep
Charlie Parfitt-Board member
Georgia Candler-Board member
Shane Hollebon-Board member
Senior leadership team
Manager: Lee-ann O'Brien
School team lead: Donna Southorn (RN)
Community team lead: Robyn Fenselau (Social Worker)
Motueka High School
Catlin Westgate-Social worker
Caitlin Westgate-Social Worker
Mari Slack-Youth Worker
Alternative Education and Nelson Young Parent School
Barney Hodges-Youth Worker
Jonny Claridge-Youth Worker
Robyn Fenselau-Social Worker
Jess van Arendonk-Project Lead
Meagan Goodman-Youth Health Worker
Youth Leadership Team