Every Wednesday during school term time, Ministry of Education – Learning Support, NZ Police – Youth Development, and Te Aranui Youth Trust staff are collecting young people from around the Western Bay of Plenty. From Arataki, Maungatapu, Otumoetai, Judea, Bethlehem, Welcome Bay, Merivale, Gate Pa, and Oropi – all of our young people meet with our teams to sit together and enjoy a hot breakfast before going to school.

Breakfast Club has been a great way to touch base with all of our young people on a weekly basis; to check in and make sure they are doing well at school, see what goals they are achieving, and if we as a wider family are able to tautoko and awhi in any way we can.

The group sit down together and one of the boys in the group open our breakfast with a karakia. This only takes place once all of our ringawera are also sitting at the table. At the conclusion of the meal the group help to clean up the mess; dishes, drying, rubbish, pack up, and wipe down of the tables. Once this is all finished and wrapped up, another one of the group then closes our breakfast with a mihi to everyone who helped make breakfast possible before one of the kaimahi close with our karakia whakamutunga.

From there all of our young people are taken to their respective schools: Mt Maunganui Intermediate, Tauranga Intermediate, Tauranga Boys College, Otumoetai Intermediate, Otumoetai College, Selwyn Ridge Primary, Te Kura Kaupapa o Otepou, and Greerton Village School.

A special mention to the Whānau at Maungatapu Marae – Thank you for letting our team use your beautiful marae as our venue for our Kaitahi Breakfast Club.

Thank you to NZ Police – Youth Development and Ministry of Education – Learning Support for your continued support of our programmes. Without your collaborative input this programme would not be where it is today.

To the wonderful team at Good Neighbour – Thank you for all the food you provide our team. It really is such a great help to the work we do with our young people and the community. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!

To learn more about Kaitahi Breakfast Club please email: mentor@tayt.org.nz