The Youth Mentoring Network

Training | Events

Conference Emcees:  Fuimaono Tuiasau and Hauauru Eugene (Hau) Rawiri

Download a printable PDF version of the programme.


Day one: Tuesday 10 September 2013

8.30am - 9.30am

Registrations - welcome refreshments and networking

9.30am - 10.10am Powhiri / Whakatau - Opening ceremony and official welcome
10.10am - 10.40am

Conference opening address 

Government’s vision for young people and an update on relevant issues, including the Children’s Action Plan.

Hon Paula Bennett, Minister of Social Development and Minister of Housing

10.40am - 11.10am

Keynote presentations

Overview of youth mentoring in Aotearoa-New Zealand.

Ann Dunphy – Chair, New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network (NZYMN)


Address by NZYMN joint Patrons

Rt Hon Sir Anand Satyanand GNZM, QSO and Lady Susan Satyanand

11.10am - 11.40am

Morning tea

11.40am - 12.20pm

Keynote presentation

Implementing the VYMA Quality Assurance Project – key lessons learned.

Clare Waldron – Victoria Youth Mentoring Alliance
12.20pm - 1.00pm

Facilitated panel discussion

Measuring the effectiveness of mentoring interventions.

Pat Bullen/ Kelsey Deane, University of Auckland

Julie Moore, Foundation for Youth Development

Dave Marshall, Big Brothers Big Sisters 

David Dubois, Professor, University of Illinois, (via online)

1.00pm - 2.00pm


2.00pm - 2.40pm

Keynote presentation

The role of mentoring in the youth justice system.

Superintendent Wally Haumaha. GM of Māori, Pacific and Ethnic Services, NZ Police.
2.40pm - 3.30pm

Elective sessions:  Case Studies

Session one

"The great purpose of the Genesis team is to Empower Youth (bring HOPE). The Mandate of these workers is to bring Health & Restoration to families."
Rob Woodley, CEO Genesis Youth Trust 
Session two
Getting out of the way, so people can truly care for each other. When mentoring crosses over into social work.
Richard Aston, CEO Big Buddy
Session three
Revitalizing recruitment - successful mentor recruitment strategies.
Clare Waldron, VYMA 

3.30pm - 3.50pm

Afternoon tea 

3.50pm – 5.00pm

Facilitated panel discussion

Youth Mentoring in Maori and Pasifika communities.

Beatrice Faumuina, CEO, BEST Pasifika Leadership Academy
Dr Siale Foliaki, Director of Pacific Mental Health Services, Counties Manukau District Heath Board
Tupetoa Ronald (Ronji) Tanielu, Senior Policy Advisor, Salvation Army

Professor Te Ahukaramū Charles Royal, musician, researcher and director

5.00pm - 6.00pm

Cocktail function


Dinner option (additional to conference package): Delegates are welcome to join NZYMN trustees for a buffet dinner at Novotel, 72 Greenlane East ($55 p/p plus beverages)


Day two: Wednesday 11 September 2013

 8.00am - 8.45am

Optional early session:  The BEAMS Project
(Building Engagement and Aspirations through Mentoring in Schools)

Professor Marie Kavanagh, Assoc. Director Springfield Campus, Univsity of Southern Queensland and her colleagues will present preliminary results for the project to gain your input and feedback.

9.00am- 9.10am

Day two Welcome

9.10am - 9.40am

Keynote presentation 

Is there a place for Social Media tools in youth mentoring?

Claire O'Connell, Facebook NZ

9.40am - 10.30am

Keynote presentation 

The Children’s Action Plan, Youth Service and other initiatives recognis the positive influence of supportive mentoring relationships on the lives of young people. Learn more from Brendan about the role of youth mentoring in meeting the Government’s goals for young people.
Brendan Boyle, Chief Executive, Ministry of Social Development

10.30am - 11.10am

Keynote presentation

Aims and priorities for the Youth Affairs portfolio / investment in youth development. 
Hon. Nikki Kaye, Minister for Youth Affairs, Food Safety and Civil Defence, Assoc. Minister of Immigration and Education

11.10am - 11.30am

Morning tea

11.30am - 12.30pm

Interactive workshop session

Bootcamps Don’t Build A Frontal Cortex – The vital role of nurturing relationships.

Nathan Mikaere-Wallis, Director of X-Factor Education and neuroscience presenter and trainer for Brainwave Trust 

12.30pm - 1.00pm

Keynote presentation

'Adolescent Health Research Group: Latest trends and findings from the Youth '12 Survey - the third national youth health and wellbeing survey'.

Terryann Clark, Senior Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of Auckland and founding member of the AHRG

Pat Bullen, Lecturer, Faculty of Education, University of Auckland and member of the AHRG

1.00pm - 1.45pm


1.45pm - 2.00pm

Video presentation

Pathways and transitions - how do you prevent disengagement at the critical transition points? 

Dr Stuart Middleton, Director of External Relations, Manukau Institute of Technology

2.00pm - 2.30pm

Keynote presentation

Literacy and young people - what you and your organisation can do.

Alison Sutton, Strategic Analyst, COMET Auckland

2.30pm - 3.00pm

Elective sessions:  Youth voice in Education

Session one: youth voice
Yesterday's mind-set vs. today's reality.

Auckland Youth Advisory Council - Jason Mareroa

Session two:  pathways for young people
Transitioning students from Secondary School into skilled industry employment.

John Kotoisuva, Founder / Chief Executive, C-Me Mentoring Foundation
Session three:  pathways for young people
Starpath Project – Conversations for improving academic performance
Joy Eaton, Deputy Director, Starpath Project
Session four: pathways for young people
I Have a Dream – 5 Evidence-Based Arguments you SHOULD have to advocate for young people!
Ant Backhouse, National Director, “I Have a Dream” Charitable Trust NZ

3.00pm - 3.20pm

Afternoon tea 

3.20pm – 3.50pm

Keynote presentation

“The idea whose time has come”:  Youth mentoring is an example of the “heart” within communities for transformation.  Public policy can frustrate our efforts, or set our world alight. How can we influence it? 
Bernardine Vester, Director of EducationPlus Auckland

3.50pm - 4.30pm

Conference reporters

- key themes and outcomes from conference

- where to from here

- results from the conference questionnaire.
Conference Emcees:  Fuimaono Tuiasau and Hauauru (Hau) Rawiri

4.30pm - 4.45pm 

Po Atarau (conference close)