New Horizons Aotearoa

About This Project

The New Horizons programme is an initiative that supports school students in years 7-10 to access mentoring in a practical environment. It’s designed to develop a focus on future vocational careers, build practical skills and provide access to positive role models.

The initiative is managed by BAF, who connect the various organisations involved, oversee the mentors, manage programme logistics and work with the schools to ensure that all policies are in place to keep everyone safe. We would like to extend our thanks to Kere Ell, Founder/Patron, who ensures that the programme delivers to its kaupapa of supporting vulnerable or at-risk young people / rangatahi. Kere actively pursues new partnerships with schools and community / business organisations to increase the scope and capacity of New Horizons whilst working with BAF on overall programme delivery.

The programme fosters an early focus on vocational career pathways and helps students to prepare for, and connect with existing initiatives at high school. To encourage the children to get involved and ensure they are continuing to grow in other areas of education, participation is dependent on school attendance.

A pilot programmes were completed in 2015 and 2016 – evaluation reports of the pilot programmes are available on request.

Thanks go to the many local companies and trades people who back the initiative with in-kind donations of materials for the building project and by providing mentors.  Current supporters include ITL Engineering, ITM, Pepper Construction and ICT Gateway. We gratefully acknowledge these businesses for their support.

We would also like to thank our partner schools Devon Intermediate, Spotswood College and Rangiatea Kura for providing workshop space and for enabling students to have access to the programme and our funders the TSB Community Trust and the Marfell Community Trust.

Check out the New Horizons Aotearoa Facebook page for more information.