Making an impact

Grants to transform well-being for young people through collaborations.

Te Roopu tiaki Rangatahi

  • This project is a collaboration between Wesley Community Action, Maraeroa Health Clinic, Taeoamanino Trust and the Tumai Hauora Ki Porirua Alliance. The partnership is based on a shared commitment to improving the well-being of young people and providing them with opportunities to reach their potential
  • Porirua City Council, the Department of Internal Affairs, and the Ministry of Youth Development have partnered to support this initiative
Check out the video of the paepaes launch event, 'Connect',  in Waitangirua earlier this year. 



In their first year, the project focused on establishing a rangatahi paepae consisting of 9 core members. The aim of this group is to provide a platform for youth to grow and develop, as well as design and roll out youth-led initiatives for young people across Porirua. Here's some of the awesome things they've done so far:

  • Launched their project at a community event 'Connect', attended by over 100 people. The group organised and project manged the event which aimed to raise the profile of the paepae and link young people into health and well-being services.
  • Designed and rolled out an in-school mentoring programme to ensure young people feel supported and listened to - for youth by youth.
  • Rolled out a volunteer programme to further connect young people to their community, and each other.
  • Scaled up their 'Bakers Club' programme to support additional young people to learn new skills and responsibilities. 
  • Paepae members have attended various forums, including discussions on the Eastern Porirua Development, to ensure the youth voice is heard loud and clear in decisions concerning our city.
  • Designed and project managed an open mic night at Pataka which aimed to tell young peoples stories of growing up in Porirua through song, dance, music, and spoken word. 

The group is now working on tackling issues around youth unemployment, financial literacy education and mental health awareness.

Youth paepae

Project Porirua

A collaboration between Ole Football Academy and Virtuoso Strings, with a vision to provide a safe space for young people who do not get the same opportunities to play, learn new skills, be physically active and have access to a healthy meal.

Project Porirua hosted appromixately 50 children, aged 6-10 two nights per week in an after-school programme. The programme set out to:

  • Provide a free opportunity to young people to learn to play an instrument and receive football training. The focus was on young people who may not get this opportunity otherwise.
  • Provide a healthy and nutritious hot meal, as well as afternoon tea, to young people engaged in the programme. 
  • Take a holistic approach to well-being and provide a world-class, coordinated and comprehensive  music-football-wellbeing programme. 

Prior to the projects year 1 milestone, Ole Football advised Council that they did not want to renew the contract for year 2 . On this basis, Council voted not to renew the funding contract for year 2 as the project did not meet key criteria around collaboration between organisations.

More information and Council reports can be found here:

Grants, Awards and Events Subcommittee recommendations to Council - 21 August 2019

Report on Making an Impact Projects - Grants, Awards and Events Subcommittee - 8 August 2019