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Gatherings, one-on-one activity sessions and group sessions to empower young people in their values.

"I have been a part of the Youth Encounter family for the last 4 years now and it’s helped me become the person I am today allowing me to build confidence in my leadership and grow my faith in a safe and fun environment, drawing me closer to God and gaining an overload of wisdom.” - Ethan

Empowering young people with a hope filled future to become a contributing member of society and inspire others through;

  1. Spiritual growth and understanding of their beliefs

  2. Strengthened in their value (mana)

  3.  Increased ability to use values through social and personal well-being

  4. Forward focus with future preparation (whai wāhitanga)

Our one-on-one activity sessions are tailored to meet the specific needs of each participant. We are committed to breaking down barriers and providing an inclusive environment where a diverse range of young people can participate and gain confidence.

Our tailored sessions cater to individuals facing various challenges, including:

  • Neurodiversity

  • Physical disabilities

  • Mental disorders

At Youth Encounter, we believe in creating opportunities for everyone to thrive. Join us in building confidence, fostering growth, and embracing the potential within each individual.

Includes recreational activities such as;

  • Dirt bike riding

  • Surfing

  • Golf

  • Frisbee golf

  • Sandpit play

  • Skateboarding/scootering

  • Push bike riding

  • Bush exploring


Connect Gatherings events provide opportunities for our people to stay connected with Youth Encounter and experience a sense of belonging in an inclusive community. We want to engage with young people and their whanau for the long term, navigating them on a pathway of possibilities. 

Our kaupapa is to be a community of whanungatanga that facilitates people living a vibrant life, or as we say ‘live life wide open’. Connect provides the opportunities to relate with each other through shared experiences which gives our young people a greater sense of belonging. 

Check out our calendar for upcoming events to attend;

Connect Groups

Unlock opportunities for the skill development of our rangatahi young people, elevating their mana and fostering a brighter outlook on their future potential. Through our established and proven activity and values-based approach, we aim to enhance the social and life skills of our young participants.


  • A 3 hour activity session once a term over a year

  • Group size x8 participants

  • Aged 12-18 years old

How to Get Involved: Email us at with any questions and to check availability. Let's embark on this journey of growth and empowerment together! 

"I learnt off new things and skills that I would have never of thought I'd learn and I feel alot more free in life"  -Kayden


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