Empowering marginalised rangatahi through dirt bike riding therapy

“At Dirt Bike Encounter I learnt to focus forward, look ahead and bounce back in life” - Vish

Dirt Bike Encounter is an intentionally therapeutic process for marginalised at risk 11-16yr old youth as a means of getting them on the right track in life. Through 1on1 sessions and group courses, we use the fun and risk taking activity of dirt bike riding as a tool to engage youth to unleash their potential and give them a sense of belonging on track.

We believe every person has the potential to fly high in life when they know they belong and believe in their true value! The Arotika ki te Kaupapa track offers an exciting and exhilarating journey that is twofold – to get on track on the bike and to get on track in life through;

  • understanding yourself and the potential you have through learning to safely ride a dirt bike on motocross and trail tracks.
  • learning how to use the power of your thinking and the potential you have when you take responsibility for your life.

We empower our rangatahi’s thinking to get on track so that they can create for themselves the best track forward in life and the tools to stay on that track. Not only will we teach them how to safety ride a dirt bike, most importantly we will teach them the life techniques that will empower them to take a better track forward!

The Arotika ki te Kaupapa track will enable you into superposition, where you will soar over the rough parts, get back up from mistakes, smooth around corners, tackle difficult obstacles with ease, look ahead to make the best choices and fly high over jumps, so you can live life wide open, on the bike and in life!

Two hour 1on1 therapy sessions $300 - 1on1 therapy with one of our trained facilitators for a two hour session 

Eight weeks of group therapy full day sessions $3000 per person - 4-6 participants per group  

Inquire for availability to make a booking today at info@youthencounter.co.nz or phone us on 021 599 702 for more info.

Fees are based on using Pirini Motorbike Park at Pongakawa in the WPOB.

“You’ve helped me change paths and follow the right lines instead of making the wrong decisions and eventually falling off track.” - Te Wahira Gardiner

Dirt Bike Encounter is developed for ‘at risk’ youth – often found struggling with behavioural and social issues, being practical in nature and failing academically by virtue of their circumstances. Through safely facilitating a risky taking activity, our evaluations have shown many positive impacts and successful outcomes.

Dirt Bike Encounter therapy aims to;
- Explore each young persons holistic well-bring guided by the Māori health model 'Te Whare Tapa Whā'.
- Empower young people to make their own life-changes through self-differentiation.
- Focus on the therapy goals as they relate to each individual person, rather than solution focused. 

“I have seen first hand and continue to see teenagers on a journey to becoming responsible leaders from what would otherwise have been a journey towards criminal offending and self-harm. I have also seen plenty of ‘good kids’ benefit from Mary’s training.  They grow in confidence, make friends, learn motor cross skills and learn leadership skills which stands them in good stead to be leaders in their communities.” - Duncan Jeffery | Senior Constable | Tauranga Police

“Mary has created a supportive relationship with some of our students and used her expertise with motorbikes to further develop a positive environment for them. Once she has got the students engaged through their interaction with her and the motorbikes, she has the opportunity to explore strategies to help the students at risk to minimise the issues they are dealing with. We have seen some marvelous gains from students working with Mary on her Dirt Bike Encounter programme and they speak very highly of the experience.”
- Simon McGillivray | Deputy Principal | Te Puke High School    


Te Puke Community Board

Rotary Te Puke

Lou and Iris Fisher Charitable Trust



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