About Us

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

Inspiring rangatahi

At Partners Porirua, we want to ensure the rangatahi 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 rangatahi 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 rangatahi 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 rangatahi 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.


Ā mātou whānau i te mahi

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

Our Staff

Our staff work alongside our rangatahi 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 rangatahi 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
m:  027 286 1919

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 tamariki and eight mokopuna. Her other favourite pastimes are raranga harakeke (flax weaving), making jewellery and photography.

Te Whanau a Hinetapora, Ngāti Porou   

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

Salā Henry Samia

Project Lead – Youth Services

Henry is Project Lead at Partners Porirua and has been with the organisation since 2008.    Henry adds value to the team with wide-ranging experience working in both the education and government sector. 

Born and bred in Porirua, Henry is an active member of the community through church and networking groups.

Henry is passionate about being part of the journey of helping Porirua youth realise their potential.

e: henry@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 027 229 9208

Jewelz Kilino

Youth Service Support and Drive 4 Life Coordinator

Jewelz has a wealth of experience 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
m: 027 250 1902

Ollie Adams

Senior Youth Service Coach

Ollie has great organisational skills, community knowledge  and her natural flair with rangatahi is evident.

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

e: ollie@partnersporirua.org.nz
m:  021 0887 5900

Jacqui Edwards

Workforce Development Manager

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

One of her main focuses is CAREERfest, where she gets employers and work-ready rangatahi 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.

Te Ātiawa

e: jacqui@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 021 0260 8404

Stacy John

Youth Service Coach

Stacy has a Bachelor of Social Services; which has helped her build knowledge and add tools to her kete.  She strives to support our rangatahi, helping them to achieve and add to their own kete.

Her passion is working with rangatahi, encouraging them to see their full potential, and supporting their journey to get there.

Stacy grew up in Christchurch and now calls Kapiti home. She loves spending time with her whanau, creating memories. In her spare time, she enjoys writing and anything involving music.

e: stacy@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 021 0840 1936

Tahlia Steedman

Youth Service Coach

Tahlia has many years experience in youth work, journeying alongside local young people in Porirua. Her work has involved leading a team, facilitating and creating programs, mentoring and dreaming up ideas.

Her hope is to see young people grounded in their value, their story and know what they have to offer their community. From her own journey she has seen the importance of having people who believe in you and show you ‘’that we are all in this together”

In her free time, she is usually off on an adventure somewhere, taking photos or by the beach with some kai

e: tahlia@partnersporirua.org.nz
m:  027 539 0244

Rachel Scott

Partnerships & Pathways Coordinator 

Chiefly this role is about making connections across the region between schools, community groups and businesses to create and execute meaningful experiences for students of all ages to engage with. It is an exciting and dynamic role which Rachel enjoys developing.

Rachel has mostly lived in Porirua, is a trained Primary and Secondary Teacher and has three children.

e: Rachel@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 027 242 5959

John LAfaele

Education and Training advisor

John is our Education and Training advisor who has supported many of our young Porirua residents with their skills and development pathways. John has a Social Work and Education background with life-skills that include living and working overseas.

John who is of Samoan decent, is married with three children and is well connected to our community, schools and religious circles. These relationships and connections enable John to reach out and engage with our youth and their fanau in many different spaces in an effort to help benefit young lives.

e: John@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 0211 632 495 

Our Youth Voice

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

Grace Boykett

Receptionist and Service Support

Grace is employed at Partners Porirua as part of the Project in the Community innitiative run by MSD.

Having returned from America, Grace believes it is important that youth are provided opportunities to realize their true potential. “I am proud to be a part of a team that provides support and genuinely cares about youth and the community”.  In her spare time Grace enjoys painting, art and music.

Te Ātiawa


Shane huriwai

Youth Engagement & Service Support
(Tupu Rangatahi)

Shane, who is completing his apprenticeship in Youth Work with Partners Porirua, shares valuable insights about young people and effective ways to engage.

Born and raised in Porirua, Shane attended Te Kura Maori o Porirua and is fluent in Te Reo Maori. “Ka pū te ruha, ka hao te rangatahi. It is about rangatahi using fresh approaches, building on what their elders have put in place”.  A sports fanatic, Shane also enjoys kapa haka and hanging out with family.

Ngāti Pikiao, Te Arawa
Ngāti Kahungunu ki Wairoa
Te Aitanga- a -Māhaki, Tuhoe


Ruby Sei

Youth Engagement & Service Support

Currently working part-time at Partners Porirua, Ruby attends Victoria University where she is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Health Psychology and Pacific Studies. 

Raised in Porirua, being involved in community initiatives, groups and her local church is important to her, “I am passionate about young people and our contribution to the future.”  Ruby’s favourite pastimes are art, dance and sports.

Te Ātiawa, Taranaki


Nani Kirk

Youth Coach & Service Support
(Tupu Rangatahi)

Nani’s passion for bridging gaps and amplifying the voices and needs of rangatahi comes from 7yrs experience being a kōhanga reo educator. Nani is now in her final year of completing a Bachelor of Youth Development. Her first introduction to Partners Porirua was through placement for her studies.

 Whānau is super important to Nani. She enjoys going to church, singing, Kapa Haka & Cook Island Ura, as well as reading and travelling. One of her biggest flex is that she is Porirua born and raised.

Ngāti Pikiao, Ngāti Whakaue, Manihiki, Pukapuka, Rarotonga


Maisy Bentley

Youth Advocate, Victoria University

Murray Faivalu

Student Representative, Victoria University 

Rhianne Taurau

Student Representative, Victoria University 

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

Community representative
Career background: Education, tourism and film sectors

Denys Latham

Community representative
Career background: Education and local government

John Topp

Secondary school representative
Deputy Principal, Porirua College

Siuai Fiso

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

Maureen Gillon

Social and civic representative
Career background: Local government and health

Ranei Wineera-Parai

NgātiToa Rangatira representative
Career background: Business, law and health

Riann Umaga-Marshall

Career background: Business, accounting and finance

Ngai te Rangi

Kaye Brunton

Primary School Representative
Principal, Ngāti Toa School

Find Us At

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

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