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An exciting year for Jackson Moetara

This page contains information about the exciting year Whangarei Youth Space  working, Jackson had.
Updated: 27/11/2018 9:49 a.m.

​Last year Whangarei Youth Space Youth Worker Jackson Moetara had just completed his Diploma in Youth Studies. 

He gave us some good advice about how to approach a young person and check out how they are, and what to do if you think someone might be struggling.

We caught up with him last week to find out how the year had gone for him. 

“This year has been challenging and exciting. With finishing my diploma at the end of last year I had the opportunity continue my development with Praxis by taking up an internship. Praxis is a network of practitioners who enable youth workers to support the development of young people in their communities.  

“My internship involved working with year one and two students who are currently doing certificates and diplomas in Youth Studies. I was also able to do further study with Praxis, the Educator Programme (level 4 adult teaching and training). 

“Towards the end of the year, through Youth Space, I had the opportunity to run a one-on-one mentoring programme in a Whangarei high school with senior students. 

“It has been one of the best parts of my year. I got to take part in creating a programme and implementing it with my colleagues Nigina and Sherie (who worked with the senior girls) in a whole new setting. The challenge for me was delivering the mentoring skills that I use daily in Youth Space in a more formal school setting.  Like I encourage young people to challenge themselves, I was keen to put more of my mentoring skills to practice with a new group of young people.  

“The programme was focused on getting the most out of their education specifically to do with their NCEA with the best results they could achieve. It involved goal setting, things like setting up a study plan, creating regular routines around study and managing everyday life commitments. We talked about taking breaks, drinking water, studying in a suitable environment. Each young person had a goal they wanted to achieve within the timeframe so we worked backwards from that, identifying all the steps they should take to get where they wanted to go. Ultimately it was an awesome opportunity to equip them with transferable skills for life outside of the classroom.

“It was challenging but was an opportunity for me to showcase all that I had learnt through my studies over the years. This was a fantastic opportunity to work with the teachers and the school’s staff, as well as the student. We were all there helping the students reach their goals, it was such an honour and I would love to do it again.

“The programme wrapped up with a final session, reflection, feedback and sharing kai. Now it is back to planning the summer programme for Youth Space, involving all sorts of activities coming up in the New Year. 

“With the end of the school year some students may be uncertain about what is their plan for next year. Our mentors at youth space are always keen to have a chat and help them suss a plan for next year. It will be great to see more young people coming in and finding their way, with the good guidance the Space provides.”

Helplines for children and young people

Youthline – 0800 376 633, free text 234, or email free text 5626 or free text / phone 1737 anytime for support from a trained counsellor

Youthline website

Help for parents, family and friends

Parent Help – 0800 568 856

Family Services 211 Helpline – 0800 211 211

Skylight – 0800 299 100

Commonground website

Are you aged between 12 and 24 years old? Then this is your space, join in the fun

Whangarei Youth Space is a safe and fun place where you can:

  • meet friends,
  • get involved in what’s on,
  • find a mentor,
  • join in school holiday activities,
  • access free, private youth health services and
  • get training and employment support.

How you can contact us at Whangarei Youth Space


Phone: 09 972 7248

Text: 021 765 838

Fax: 09 972 7249

Post: PO Box 1483, Whangarei 0140

YouthSpace website

Youth health enquiries contact a nurse on 021 756 724

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