Latest from Recreate NZ - February 2016
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Recent programme recaps
  • Christchurch Youth Camp - Tineke, Esthie and Joseph ran the Summer camp for 14 youth back in January. Over four days in Peel Forest, the campers were treated to white water rafting, kayaking and horse riding. 
  • Auckland Youth Camp - Set amongst the trees and overlooking the Manukau Harbour, 16 youth were led by Matt and Katie for four fun-filled days. Activities included tyrolean traverse, raft-building, whark-jumping, swimming and bush walking. Great start to the year!
  • Auckland Youth and Junior Holiday Programme - Our day programmes have been a success, with amazing weather in tow. 
  • Moxie Orchard Project - 5 guys are back at the orchard for the year, and big plans are ahead of the team including a cargo container, a ride on lawnmower and lots and lots of lemons!
  • Urban Breakers at Vector Arena - Esthie along with 4 volunteers and 10 youth enjoyed a breakers win at Vector Arena last Friday night to cap off a busy January at Recreate!
Recreate NZ Internships for 2016

Over the next month or so, I'm sure many of you will meet Michelle and Dagmar. Michelle is from Germany and will be with us for a total of 3 months over this summer. She has already slotted right into the Recreate ways, not to mention the New Zealand way of life. Dagmar has just arrived and she will be with us for all of 2016 which is incredible! She is completing her degree in social work and is really excited to be here in beautiful Aotearoa. 
Recreate NZ staff planning

Just a heads up, we are locking ourselves away in the offices as we plan and strategize for the year ahead. This will be over two days 15-16th February, so if we are late with email or phone reply's that will be the reason. 
Recreate NZ staff hellos and goodbyes
Introducing Esthie
Christchurch Programmes Coordinator
We are so happy to introduce Esthie as the new Christchurch Programmes Coordinator. After volunteering for most of 2015 in Auckland, she has been such a great fit on programmes and in the office. We envisage a year of consolidation for Christchurch, as well as offering new programmes such as Life Skills. Esthie is contactable at or
Farewell Matt
After 4 years of programme coordinating and facilitating many adventures, camps, getaways, evening outings and more, it is time to say goodbye. I am moving overseas to London on a one way ticket! I have thoroughly loved spending time with all the amazing Recreate youth, and I hope I have made a positive impact on our programmes. See you when I return in a year or two!

Introducing Amy
Programmes Coordinator
Most of you will already know Amy, as she has been in the Recreate community for over 10 years now. She has been a casual facilitator for a few years, and now we are so happy to have her in the office as part of the operations team in Auckland. Her role will now be a combination of programme planning and facilitating, which always helps with creating a successful and rewarding experience. Amy is contactable at
Introducing Mark
Programmes Coordinator
With Matt leaving Recreate at the end of this month, the search was on to find someone to fill his shoes. Mark hails from Rotorua and has many years experience working in the disability and youth sectors. He is eager to get started and meet you all, and we are looking forward to seeing his positive vibe in the office!
New Recreate NZ website
Over the past few months we have been working with an incredible group of AUT Communications students to create a brand new website. We are so happy with the outcome, where we can now showcase our videos and media articles, display our programmes better into our three different regions, and promote new participant, volunteer and internship pathways.

Head over to to see for yourself!

We have also just mailed out our Auckland Term 1 2016 newsletter. If you are on our mail out database, it should be in your letterboxes now jam packed with all our programmes.

Alternatively, you can click here to be taken to the latest newsletter online.
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