Ngā Rangatahi Toa

Ngā Rangatahi Toa inspires young people once labelled as ‘trouble-makers’ to confidently build a brighter future through intensive creative arts mentoring, mindfulness & yoga, and wrap-around whanau support.


Over 450 givers have collectively raised $321,702.47 for Ngā Rangatahi Toa, allowing them to to mentor many South Auckland rangatahi with limited opportunities to fulfil their potential.

What we do

Since 2009, our teaching-artists have engaged through immersive creative arts’ mentoring projects, supporting young people who have fallen through the cracks of our education system – those in alternative education, and those who are in no kind of schooling at all. Our engagement team of a social worker, youth mentor and counsellor provide the necessary additional intensive wrap-around support for rangatahi and their whānau, paving the path back into mainstream school, into tertiary education or into employment

Through our high-engagement and arts-access programs that run throughout the year we connect up to 40 rangatahi with New Zealand artists and performers. Teaching-artists and rangatahi collaborate on works to process rangatahi life experience and explore their potential. Our projects such as Manawa Ora (a one-to-one performance based project) and Takatū (a classroom based creative arts transition program) engage through love, kindness compassion and mindfulness. We prioritise our rangatahi gaining a deeper understanding of themselves and the world in which they live.

We engage intensively – for months and, sometime, years – with our awesome rangatahi and whānau. We have strong partnerships and work cross-societally, from Otara to Ponsonby, paving a two-way street of connection and understanding across the traditional divides. This is extremely powerful; our programmes activate the social, cultural and entrepreneurial networks required for a true Super City. We’d love you to be part of the change!

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