About Us

The KYDT is as a community-based social service provider working alongside ‘at-risk’ young people and their whānau. The purpose of KYDT programmes is to decrease youth related offending within our communities, and to increase positive youth involvement in community based activities and events. To continue to be a recognised provider of programmes and training catered towards “at risk” youth and their whānau. To strengthen and establish partnerships with key community and statutory stakeholders by working collaboratively together and developing Intervention strategies that work for whānau and communities. The KYDT staff are committed to offering a culturally competent practice and culturally safe interventions for young people.

The success of KYDT is achieved through the provision of our core services:

 Kanohi ki te Kanohi: individualized activity based mentoring and social work support;

 Early Intervention Programmes (EIP) in local Primary, Intermediate and Secondary Schools;

After school activity based Programmes.

Counselling Services

“The bottom line equation is that results equal time spent. The more time you invest in a young person, the greater the result” (Mike Garland)


The key thing is for young people to know that they are significant and special”

Kaipātiki Youth Development Trust formally North Shore branch of Te Roopu O Wai Ora (Wai Ora) was established in 1987 in Grey Lynn and then in 1988 on the North Shore and has, for 22 years, maintained a proven track record of working with ‘at-risk’ young people in Auckland. During our time as the North Shore branch of Te Roopu O Wai Ora we have established credibility in our programmes and services, and have gained the respect of the local governing board, partner social service agencies, community stakeholders such as local schools, the Police, and community networks, and we have maintained strong links with resident families.

the team have their finger on the pulse in terms of their connections with the wider community…have good relationships with their partners, such as schools…[and] they are good at connecting young people to their community” (Referral Agent – Youth Justice CYFS)

[we would be] stuffed without it [Wai Ora]” (Referral Agent – Community Constable)

The organisation originally worked in the Birkdale and Beach Haven communities, but we have extended own operations to include Glenfield and other suburbs covered by the Kaipātiki Local Board area of Auckland (namely Birkenhead, Northcote, Glenfield).

As the work here on the North Shore has continued to grow and as the services have developed, the organisation has a come to a point where it needs to stand as its own entity. Until now the organisation has been seen as part of Te Roopu O Wai Ora and therefore only seen as Auckland based. All funding contracts and resources were being directed through the Auckland Central site, leaving North shore to compete for its share of resources and recognition. The process for us to grow and develop our own style of Community Development driven social work has brought us to the point where we needed to establish our own Trust specific for this community supporting a Community Development model of working. The Kaipātiki Youth Development Trust (KYDT) was established as a standalone entity that reflects our commitment to the development of young people in the local area. There is very little difference between the services and programmes or the delivery of these between formally Wai Ora North shore and KYDT. There is also no change in staffing. The only difference is the name and the new legal structure.



KYDT believes that all young people are to be nurtured in a safe and healthy environment, and that they are valued and empowered to achieve their full potential in education and employment, and to be citizens fully participating in their communities, making their communities safer. If we are to achieve the desired goal of success for all children and young people then we must hold high expectations for all, especially for those most vulnerable in our communities. We must view these young people as having strengths and not “deficits,” and adopt programs and practices that help all young people to achieve their true potential.

 All children and young people are special and significant.

KYDT Values

Taha Hinengaro Emotional & Intellectual wellbeing

He oranga Hinengaro: A Healthy Mind

Taha Whānau: Family wellbeing

He oranga Whanau: A Healthy Family

Taha Tinana: Physical wellbeing

He oranga Tangata: A healthy Person

Taha Wairua: Spiritual wellbeing

He oranga Wairua: A healthy Spirit

(adapted from Mason Durie’s Model Te Whare Tapa Wha)


Who we are:

The KYDT is currently made up of three qualified social workers, two of which work full-time and one who is currently working part time due to limited funding. It is also resourced with eight volunteers who generously give their time and energy to the organisation. Of the two full time workers, one is a qualified Supervisor who has been working with young people in the areas of Beach Haven, Birkdale and Northcote for over 20 years now. Peter Wolf is a “well-known and respected” (Referral Agent – local high school) person in the wider community and is well respected on both a local and national level.

I really liked him…my Uncle respected him and I respected my Uncle… They knew what we had to fight day to day… they were there, they were present” (Past client of Wai Ora)

They cares, and the boys know they cares” (Referral Agent – local Intermediate School)

The recent introduction of a full-time female social worker in response to demand from the community has been timely due to the increase in female offenders. This has allowed the service to expand to provide specific and appropriate services to young women, as well as young men.

It was very good that Grace came on board” (Referral Agent – Local Intermediate School)

“The girls love her; [they] think she’s wonderful” (Referral Agent – Truancy Officer)

[I felt] confident that she would set the young woman up with positive personal changes, positive personal habits and a positive future focus toward schooling or training” (Referral Agent – Strengthening Families)