About Us

‘Our children are our future’ so they say but we want to make sure that our children have the best possible future.

Inspiring young people

At Partners Porirua, we want to ensure the young people in our communities have a positive outlook on life in particular, their working life.

By bringing role models from business and community together and connecting them with young people we are helping to inspire them about their future and raising their awareness of the wonderful opportunities that lie ahead.

For some students this is the only opportunity they have to learn about the working world before they leave school.

What we do

We connect businesses, community and individuals to young people in our community who are looking for opportunities to explore what the world has to offer and what they can give in return.

We do this through our education programmes, which place business mentors into schools to share knowledge; and we provide opportunities for young people to enter the workforce through JOBfest, our Youth Service and through the Youth 2 Work movement activity with businesses who are committed to growing local talent.

OUR PEOPLE

Our staff, trustees and youth representatives are committed to helping young people develop their talents and achieve every success they want.

Our Staff

Our staff work alongside our young people to develop their talents and achieve success by providing opportunities for them to grow through education and training. The team comprises qualified and experienced youth coaches, registered teachers and managers for operations and workforce development.

Michelle Robinson

Executive Director, Partners Porirua

Michelle has been active in supporting youth in Porirua since the formation of Partners Porirua in January 2000. Partners Porirua’s mission is ‘developing youth for the working world’ and as executive director, she was the driving force behind setting up the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement in 2015. Her key role is building strong relationships with stakeholders to help Partners Porirua grow.

Michelle lives by the beautiful Pauatahanui inlet and in her spare time likes being outdoors, walking and gardening.

e: michelle@partnersporirua.org.nz
t:  04 237 1097

Arlyta Huriwai

Operations and Service Support Manager

Prior to joining Partners Porirua, Arlyta gained a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors supporting many young job seekers into work. Her efficient manner along with a sense of humour helps keep the busy team on track.

Arlyta enjoys keeping up with her four children and eight grandchildren. Her other favourite pastimes are flax weaving (raranga) and photography.

e: arlyta@partnersporirua.org.nz
t: 04 237 1097 – 04 237 1099

Aashif Sacha

Education Partnerships Facilitator

Aashif’s role includes coordinating educational experiences and partnerships between business and schools. This provides students with ideas and understanding of possible future careers preparing them for the working world.

Aashif’s background is in teaching and he is passionate about helping young people get into meaningful careers. In his spare time he is involved in various community initiatives.

e: aashif@partnersporirua.org.nz
t: 04 237 1097

Jewelz Kilino

Youth Service Support and Drive 4 Life Coordinator

Jewelz has a wealth of experience having previously worked for Partners Porirua for six years in a variety of roles including as a Youth Service coach, a driving mentor, a facilitator for licence and budgeting programmes and a youth advocate.

Born and bred in Palmerston North, Jewelz now calls Porirua home. She loves spending time with her son, catching up with family and is involved in the Tokelauan community in Porirua.

e: jewelz@partnersporirua.org.nz
t: 04 237 1097

Ollie Adams

Senior Youth Service Coach

Ollie was inspired to pursue a career working with youth after a stint working at Mana College where her great organisational skills, community knowledge  and her natural flair with young people was evident.

Ollie is born and bred in Porirua and currently resides in Titahi Bay with her husband and two teenage children.  In her spare time she is an active supporter of her sons’ sports, and sports clubs in Porirua.

e: ollie@partnersporirua.org.nz
t:  04 237 1097

Jacqui Edwards

Workforce Development Manager

Jacqui is focused on working with businesses and youth to ensure they benefit from being involved with the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement.

One of her main focuses is JOBfest, where she gets employers and work-ready young people together to “talk about work opportunities and expectations”.

Jacqui spends her time outside of work attending the Hosanna Baptist Church in Cannons Creek and encouraging her kids’ academic achievements, sport and other activities.

e: jacqui@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 04 237 1097

Josiah Foua

Youth Service Coach

Josiah is an experienced youth coach and he brings excellent knowledge of employment opportunities, education and training through his most recent role with the Ministry of Social Development.

Josiah enjoys taking the journey alongside young people helping them make big life decisions and become more independent. Having grown up in Porirua he likes helping our young people to transition into their next phase.

When he’s not at work Josiah spends time with his family and power lifting.

e: josiah@partnersporirua.org.nz
t:  04 237 1097

Stevieanne Gilgen

Youth Service Coach

Stevieanne has a Bachelor of Social Work, which has helped to give her practical skills to understand the circumstances young people face and to coach them to achieve their goals.

She believes all young people have something special to offer and feels privileged to support them in this.

Stevieanne calls Kāpiti home and enjoys spending time with her family and attending a wide range of concerts.

e: stevieanne@partnersporirua.org.nz
t: 04 237 1097

Nani Kirk

Service Support (Intern)

Nani comes to Partners Porirua as an experienced Kōhanga Reo teacher and is currently working on a Bachelor of Youth Development through Weltec.

Nani enjoys building relationships with young people and using her networks to create more opportunities to help these clients.

She loves to call Porirua home, was born and schooled here, and is trilingual in English, Cook Island and Māori.

e: reception@partnersporirua.org.nz
t:  04 237 1097

Our Trustees

Our trustees bring educational knowledge, community understanding, business and professional experience and insights and are committed to making a positive social contribution to Porirua youth.

They have a clear focus on the organisation’s purpose and the boundaries within which they should operate. Each year, youth representatives join the trustees to ensure that a youth voice is heard in alignment with the organisation’s core values.

Colin Bleasdale

Chair
Community representative
Career background: Education, tourism and film sectors

Denys Latham

Trustee
Community representative
Career background: Education and local government

John Topp

Trustee
Secondary school representative
Deputy Principal, Porirua College

Siuai Fiso

Trustee
Pacific business representative
Career background: Award winning business owner of outsource contact centre

Maureen Gillon

Trustee
Social and civic representative
Career background: Local government and health

Ranei Wineera-Parai

Trustee
Ngati Toa Rangatira representative
Career background: Business, law and health

Riann Umaga-Marshall

Trustee
Director
Career background: Business, accounting and finance

Kaye Brunton

Trustee
Primary School Representative
Principal, Ngati Toa School

Our Youth representatives

Our youth representatives join the trustees to ensure that we have a strong youth voice guiding what we do and keeping us true to our organisation’s core values.

Maisy Bentley

Youth Advocate, Victoria University

Murray Faivalu

Student Representative, Porirua College

Rhianne Taurau

Student Representative, Mana College

Find Us At

L05 Lydney Place South, Porirua
PO Box 50462, Porirua 5240

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