“It is not our programmes that makes the changes but rather through a sense of belonging that we empower our young people to make their own lasting life changes”
– Mary Wanhill (Founder & Director)


Youth Encounter offers several programmes that include therapy, counselling, mentoring, camps, community gatherings, leadership training, volunteering and employment preparation. Each programme enables young people to focus forward with hope using the Arotika ki te Kaupapa track concept as a pathway of opportunities for people to encounter their God-given potential and live life to the fullest, or as we say ‘live life wide open’. 

When our young people have a sense of belonging and start to believe in their true value, they will become who they hoped to be and live the life they dreamed of from this place of knowing their self-worth!

A camp experience to discover more about life and connect with others

Connecting youth with positive role models for support and guidance through life experiences

Empowering marginalised rangatahi through dirt bike riding therapy

Preparing youth for employment and transitioning them into the workplace

A supportive and inclusive community for people to belong and become their very best

Empowering leaders to influence and change their world

A team environment for competitors, families and supporters in motocross racing

A fundraising initiative offering a thrilling dirt bike encounter that makes a difference in young people’s lives!

If you would like to refer someone to one of our programmes please click on the link and complete the online form. We will then get in touch with you.

Arotika ki te Kaupapa means to have a forward focus and we believe this is the hope our people need, to see a positive future and head towards it. This is the track we want to take people down as we parallel life learnings with fun action-based experiences to engage people in a growth mindset. 

We believe every person has the potential to live from their incredible value of unrealised abilities, God-given talents, strengths and qualities that have capacity to develop. But there is also an illusion of potential that deceives us into producing a false sense of value and protection through quick but temporary fulfilment. This comes from the fear of falling short of one’s potential and controls so many young people resulting in destructive risky behaviours that takes them off track. 

Youth Encounter programmes offer the support and learnings needed to empower young people to get on track and stay on track towards the freedom of encountering their future potential.  

"My son is really enjoying the course with the Encounter team.  He is hard to turn off when he gets home and is excited to tell us about the day.  I can see he is building in himself and is more helpful at home.  It is doing him wonders.  Thank you very much." - Debbie (parent)


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