About Bays Youth

The Bays Youth Community Trust values young people, and exists to provide programmes, mentoring and services to provide positive early intervention and support to 11-18 year old youth and their families.

The organisation believes that empowering young people releases them into their potential and enriches our communities. Healthy young people and healthy families, lead to healthy communities.

The objective of the Bays Youth will be to provide life skills for young people irrespective of ethnicity, socioeconomic circumstances or religious persuasion, with vision to enable them to see a bright future and enhance their success in life. Staff and trustees have shared faith and values that drives and motivates a pursuit of social justice through supporting our society’s most vulnerable.

Meet the team

  • Christine Prince
  • General Manager
  • MSW, BCA, ADip. Counselling








  • Olivia Huszak
  • Mentoring & Counselling Coordinator


  • Priscilla McIvor
  • NEET Manager
  • Dip Ministry and BSW


  • John Tiy
  • Head of Bays Youth Alternative Education
  • BSW in progress


  • Andres Rohr
  • Youth Mentor/Tutor Alternative Education


  • Koreana Wilson
  • Counsellor
  • PMNZAC, BCouns, BFA
  • Thomas Liverett
  • Tutor of Bays Youth Alternative Education
  • BS in progress


  • Josh Iopu
  • NEET Worker


  • Katie Harris
  • Tutor
  • BSW in progress
  • Bradley Ogg
  • Tutor/ Mentor
  • B.Ed in Progress


Our Trustees

  • Bruce Troughton

Bruce has been on the BYCT Board of Trustees since 2014, becoming chair in 2016. Bruce specialises in organisation change and digitisation. Over the last fifteen years he has applied these skills supporting change in central and local government here in New Zealand. Bruce became interested in Bays Youth after seeing the positive impact that a small organisation has on the youth in the community Bays Youth deals with. Bruce has a Bachelor of Commerce and Administration. He is married with three children.   

  • Chairman
  • Bachelor Commerce and Administration, Dip. Business


  • Daryl Anderson

Daryl has been involved as a Trustee since 2010 after hearing the positive impact Bays Youth was having with students in the local area. Daryl is a Primary School Teacher and prior to this spent 10 years working both in Operations Management roles both in NZ and the UK. Daryl has a Bachelor of Business and a Post Graduate Diploma in Teaching. He is married with two young children.

  • Trustee Member


  • Don Blayney

Don has been involved as a Trustee since 2010 in 2016 Don was appointed Treasurer. Most of Don’s working life was with NZ Police including oversight of Community Relations, Youth Aid and Youth Education. In 1998 Don established a security company servicing most of the major New Zealand universities. Since 2010, Don has specialised as a financial adviser helping business owners grow their business and personal wealth.  He is married with three adult children.

  • Trustee Member
  • Dip Business Studies, Dip of NZ Policing, Cert Security


  • Leanne Kimpton

Leanne has been involved as a Trustee since 2016. Leanne works in a primary school as SENCO (special educational and behavioural needs co-ordinator). Previously she has lived and taught in Samoa and has also worked in an Alternative Education school. Leanne has a BA (Psych, Ed) and a diploma in teaching. Leanne became interested in the work of Bays Youth after hearing of their success in supporting youth that schools were struggling to cope with. She saw how the services offered by Bays Youth we able to support the whole person – mental, physical, emotional and spiritual. Leanne is married and a mother of 4 boys. She spends most of her weekends supporting their various sporting interests.

  • Trustee Member


  • Michael Bravenboer

Michael is married with two adult children and lives in Murrays Bay. He is currently Managing Director of a property investment company, Bravenboer Properties Ltd. He has been director of Open Home Foundation International ("OHFI") a Charity / NGO helping vulnerable, neglected and abused children to feel safe and loved, which works in India, East Africa and Romania. Michael has also been the CEO of Palmers Franchise Systems (a garden centre chain with 20 stores), and has experience in Taxation Law, Commercial Property Investment, Horticulture and re-cladding houses.

  • Trustee Member


Governance and staff jointly value:

  • Human life and potential
  • Community well-being, belonging and involvement
  • Respect for society and the law
  • The transforming power of positive mentoring relationships
  • Recognition of cultural and religious diversity
  • Personal character and responsibility
  • Positively reinforce quality family/whanau relationship