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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.

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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)
Whakahoa (Partnership)

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Board 2021/2022

Jaqueline Bone-Board Secretary

Bastian Atkinson-Youth rep

Ruth Buckland-Youth rep

Rose Leighton-Youth rep

Maree Shalders-Treasurer

Paul McGregor-Chairperson

Lee-ann O'Brien-Manager

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)

School Team

Nayland College: 

Hailey Henderson-Nurse

Motueka High School

Donna Southorn-Nurse

Ronnie Englard-Nurse

Broadgreen Intermediate

Loan Heron-Youth Health Worker

Nelson Intermediate 

Mari Slack-Youth Worker

Loan Heron-Youth Health Worker

Alternative Education and Nelson Young Parent School

Effie Drummond

Community team

Barney Hodges-Youth Worker 

Jonny Claridge-Youth Worker

Loan Heron-Youth Health Worker

Robyn Fenselau-Social Worker

Jess van Arendonk-Project Lead

Meagan Goodman-Youth Health Worker

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