Bays Youth Community Trust values young people, and provides programmes, mentoring and services that focus on positive early intervention and support for 11-18 year old youth and their families.
We believe that empowering young people supports them to discover their potential, which helps enrich our communities. Healthy young people and healthy families, lead to healthy communities.
Our objective is to provide life skills for young people irrespective of ethnicity, socio-economic 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.
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
- Importance of family/whānau relationships
Meet the Team
MSW, BCA, ADip. Counselling
Reg. Psychotherapist, Grad dip Psychotherapy, MA English
Head Alternative Education
Tutor of Bays Youth Alternative Education
Youth Mentor/Tutor Alternative Education
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.
Dip Business Studies, Dip of NZ Policing, Cert Security
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.
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.
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.
NDA, GradDip (Ethics), MBus (Hons), MEd (Hons), PostGradCert (Sustainability Leadership), PhD (Management).
Peter is a Senior Lecturer in Management at Auckland University of Technology where he has taught for 20+ years. His main areas of teaching and research are in Business ethics and Sustainability. Prior to AUT, he was an operations manager in two multinational businesses specialising in financial analysis. Peter is also on the board of The Leprosy Mission of New Zealand, a development agency working with people affected by leprosy.
Peter is married with two children and belongs to Te Aupōuri iwi.
Registered Social Work Practitioner, Consultant, Wellness Coach, Life Coach.
Maree, is from Otago with Central Otago Lakes District being her Whakapapa place of origin. Maree has raised her 2 Children in the Farming Community of Central Otago and enjoys her 5 Grandchildren and 3 Step Grandchildren. She has extensive experience in human services, public relations & health service environments. Maree is a highly experienced Social Work Practitioner who has worked at Ministry for Children – Oranga Tamariki, ADHB and provides professional supervision services to a number of social service organisations. Maree is experienced in the following therapeutic modalities: NLP, REBT, CBT and Narrative therapy. Qualifications include: Diploma in Social and Community Work, Graduate Diploma in Business Management & Human Resource Management, Professional Supervision, NLP, Cert Wellness Coaching.
“It is a privilege and pleasure to contribute to the wellbeing of youth in our beautiful North Shore Community.”