The Youth Mentoring Network



Season's Greetings from NZYMN

14 Dec 18

Season's Greetings from NZYMN

2018 has been another full-on year for our Network, with a major achievement being Wellington’s highly successful INVOLVE Conference in August. Our active partnership with Ara Taiohi, the Collaborative Trust and SYPHANZ cemented most positive relationships with these leading organizations across the youth sector. General Manager, Nicki McDonald, contributed much organizational expertise, to ensure the success of this event.

This revived conference offered an important platform to maximise connections. 30% of attendees identified themselves as working in mentoring contexts and NZYMN were able to contribute outstanding presentations and keynote addresses. Julia Pryce from Loyola University in Chicago attracted a large audience for her innovative work on the importance of attunement in the mentor relationship; a number of key mentoring organizations collaboratively shared their experiences in workshops and panel conversations; while trustee Dr Michelle Johansson, in conjunction with the outstanding Black Friars Theatre Company, drew together a most memorable finale.

Beyond the conference, NZYMN maintained active connections with the mentoring sector. The ongoing success of our workshops with highly-skilled trainers, Ross McCook and Rod Baxter, has meant we have continued to reach and connect a wide cross-section of mentors and mentoring organizations.  Our tailored, organization-specific programmes have also been in high demand. We have really enjoyed meeting you all and wish you every success in the coming year as you continue to serve our rangatahi of Aotearoa.

As the year draws to a close, we would like to thank you most sincerely for your continued support, and for generously sharing your knowledge and experience so that the entire youth mentoring sector can benefit. Mauri tu, mauri ora – An active soul is a healthy soul.

We wish you and your whanau safe and happy summer holidays. We hope that you will have a chance to relax and reflect on the year that has been, and look forward to the year ahead.

Meri kirihimete nga mihi o te tau hou ki to whanau

Joy Eaton, on behalf of the NZ Youth Mentoring team

Farewell to Nicki McDonald

Leading all this work and the smooth running of the Network, has been the responsibility of our General Manager, Nicki McDonald. As announced a couple of months ago, Nicki is stepping down from this role on 14th December. We want to take this opportunity to thank her for the outstanding contribution she has made, across the full range of NZYMN developments, over the last 7 years. Our new Guide to Safe and Effective practice, which so accessibly drew together the very best of national and international information is a benchmark of Nicki’s achievement. We are pleased to say that Nicki will remain connected with NZYMN, as she has agreed to continue her support, particularly with administration and financial matters.

Looking ahead to 2019

2019 promises to be as busy as this year. With powerful interest in quality mentoring relationships within and beyond the youth development sector, we are delighted to announce that through ongoing, generous support from the Tindall Foundation, we are bringing another cost-effective workshop, exploring that relationship dimension, to your region. Starting in Auckland in February, we will then travel the rest of the motu, to meet you and your colleagues.

Save the date - Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring regional worskshops

As noted above, thanks to further funding support from The Tindall Foundation, we are excited to announce a brand new series of regional workshops about Quality Relationships in Youth Mentoring. In 2016 we released the Youth Mentoring Guide (2nd edition) and ran a series of 18 regional Sharing the Kaupapa workshops about the Guide with 522 practitioners and 262 organisations attending these.

The feedback from these workshops was extremely positive. You asked for more and you asked us to return to your regions. So now we've created a new workshop based on your desire to learn more about mentoring and specifically about the art of forming and maintaining relationships with young people in mentoring.

We are launching these workshops at the start of 2019 with our first one to be held in Auckland.

Date: Tuesday 19 February 2019


The Kohia Centre, University of Auckland Espom Campus, Gate 1, 78 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Time: 9.00am - 4.00pm

Free parking: at Gate 2, 76 Epsom Ave, Auckland

Fee: $35 inclusive GST and booking fee

Book online now:

You will learn:

  • more about effective mentoring
  • specialised skills to build relationships with young people
  • new frameworks, research and skills to strengthen quality mentoring relationships, available for all levels of mentoring programme delivery, including coordinators, teachers, mentors, youth workers and volunteers.

By bringing these workshops to the regions once again, we hope to strengthen regional and national networks in the well-established youth mentoring community.

The full schedule of workshops will be published on our website and in our e-newsletter in the New Year.


Please pass this e-newsletter on to others in your community who work with young people and have an interest in mentoring and like our facebook page to keep up to date.

Ngā mihi nui

Joy Eaton and the NZYMN team

New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network
PO Box 99726 Newmarket
M: 021 468 851


Newsletter Archives

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14 Jun 23:Youth Mentoring Network - Mid-year update
03 Mar 23:Youth Mentoring workshops - 2023 Schedule
13 Dec 22:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
08 Sep 22:September workshops - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
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20 Jun 22:Kaitaia and Nelson workshops 28 & 29 June - Whai Wahitanga: Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
17 Dec 21:Meri kirihimete from NZYMN
11 Aug 21:Youth Mentoring - new one day workshop on Active Youth Participation in Mentoring
14 Jul 21:INVOLVE 2021 update: 9 - 11 August
09 Feb 21:Youth Mentoring - February 2021
17 Dec 20:Youth Mentoring - Season's Greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
27 Oct 20:Youth Mentoring - Spring update
20 Jul 20:Youth Mentoring - July 2020 update
12 Dec 19:Seasons greetings from NZYMN
07 May 19:May 2019 update
06 Mar 19:March 2019 update
14 Dec 18:Season's Greetings from NZYMN
09 Aug 18:August e-news
16 Jul 18:Involve 2018 - three exciting announcements
09 Jul 18:July update
10 May 18:May e-news update
22 Feb 18:February e-news
19 Dec 17:Seasons greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
29 Aug 17:August e-news
06 Jul 17:July e-news
14 Jun 17:June e-news update
25 May 17:May e-news
20 Apr 17:Invitation - Professor Renée Spencer - Youth Initiated Mentoring (YIM)
04 Apr 17:April e-news
02 Mar 17:Youth Mentoring news - March 2017
21 Dec 16:Happy holidays from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
24 Nov 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
25 Oct 16:Registrations for Wellington & Auckland Regional workshops - now open
12 Oct 16:October update - Regional workshops on the new Youth Mentoring Guide
13 Sep 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
16 Aug 16:Regional workshops: new Youth Mentoring Guide - update
20 Jul 16:Youth Mentoring latest news - July 2016
07 Jun 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference - just 2 days left to register
31 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - final week to register
25 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 20 days to go
18 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 4 weeks away
12 May 16:National Youth Mentoring Conference, 14 June 2016 - just 5 weeks away
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18 Dec 15:December 2015 update
01 Sep 15:September Youth Mentoring Update
23 Jun 15:June 2015 - Youth Mentoring update
17 Jun 15:Prof. Michael Karcher presentation - update
09 Jun 15:Prof. Karcher presentation - revised RSVP link
09 Jun 15:Invitation - Professor Michael J. Karcher - Mentoring the mentors
16 Apr 15:Youth Mentoring update - April 2015
10 Mar 15:Invitation - Distinguished visitor - Wellington and Auckland events
19 Feb 15:Invitation - Professor Zimmerman, Mentoring at risk Youth
17 Dec 14:December 2014 Update
26 Aug 14:Invitation to register your programme with the Youth Mentoring Network
23 May 14:May 2014 - Youth Mentoring News
22 Apr 14:MentorPlus workshop - Wellington 12 and 13 May - 3 places left!
11 Apr 14:Youth Mentoring April update
12 Mar 14:Festival of Education: Youth Mentoring sessions - places limited - register now
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20 Dec 13:Seasons Greetings from the NZ Youth Mentoring Network
23 Oct 13:Youth Mentoring - October update
17 Sep 13:Youth Mentoring - September update
03 Sep 13:NZ Youth Mentoring Conference registrations close today!
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