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)
Whakahoa (Partnership)

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Board 2020/2021

Jaqueline Bone-Chairperson

Bastian Atkinson-Youth rep

Vacant-Youth rep

Charlie Parfitt-Board member

Maree Shalders-Board member

Paul McGregor-Board Secretary

Lee-ann O'Brien-Manager

Margaret Martin-Board Treasurer


Senior leadership team

Manager: Lee-ann O'Brien

School team lead: Ruth Rogers

Community team lead: Robyn Fenselau

School Team

Nayland College: 

Kelly Rogers-Nurse

Tania Wright-Nurse (Specialty area-youth mental health)

Motueka High School

Gwyneth Barr-Nurse

Donna Southorn-Senior Nurse

Broadgreen Intermediate

Lauren Penney-Social Worker

Nelson Intermediate 

Lauren Penney-Social Worker

Tania Wright-Nurse

Alternative Education and Nelson Young Parent School

Ruth Rogers

Tania Wright

Kelly Rogers

Community team

Barney Hodges-Youth Worker and Wicked Tooth Fairy

Jonny Claridge-Youth Worker

Kelly Rogers-Nurse

Robyn Fenselau-Social Worker

Youth Leadership Team

Bastian Atkinson

Hannah Murphy

Lycan Brown

Kahlea Scott

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