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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 Therapy uses Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) alongside activities to challenge thought patterns while creating new ways of thinking to change the direction of a young persons life. Working with youth aged 11-16 years, Encounter Therapy supports young people towards getting on a better track in life and empowering them with the skills to stay on track.

Offering 1-on-1 sessions and group courses, we use the fun and risk-taking activity of learning to ride a dirt bike as a tool to engage young people while unleashing their potential and giving them a sense of belonging on track.

Dirt Bike Encounter Therapy focuses on:

  1. Understanding the individual's needs to tailor effective outcomes for each person.
  2. Strengthening the young person's holistic well-being guided by Te Whare Tapa Whā Māori health model.
  3. Empowering young people to make their own life-changing choices through challenging their thought patterns and teaching them new ways of thinking.

If you are interested in referring a young person to our services please complete the client referral form below and we will be in contact.


1-on-1 therapy 2 hours $300 per session - recommended to complete eight sessions.

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

For more info please email us on or phone us on 07 218 2113.

Therapy sessions are held at Pongakawa in the WPOB using a qualified therapist.

“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

We believe every person has the potential to fly high in life when they have a sense of belonging and believe in their true value! Getting on Youth Encounter's Arotika ki te Kaupapa track (click here to learn more about this). Dirt Bike Encounter therapy 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 safely ride a dirt bike, most importantly we will teach them the life techniques that will empower them to take a better track forward!

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 risk-taking activity, our evaluations have shown many positive impacts and successful outcomes.

“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    

“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



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