News And Events

Look – we’re on TV!

Have you seen our North Canterbury programme appearing in prime time TV slots? Big Brothers Big Sisters is featured in one of the Z Good in the Hood promotional videos this year.  The footage features Big Brothers Big Sisters of North Canterbury and we think the staff, mentors, and kids are absolute stars!

Big Brothers Big Sisters is regularly part of the Good in the Hood campaign and we are grateful to Z Energy.

Big Brothers Big Sisters receives grant from New Zealand Sign Language Fund

We are so pleased to be able to announce that a grant from New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) fund will enable us to establish a NZSL Mentoring Programme – this announcement can be viewed in NZSL in the video below.

The first phase of the NZSL mentoring project is being launched during NZSL Week 2016 as we begin to develop a programme that will connect deaf children with a mentor, using New Zealand Sign Language as the primary mode of communication.

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Trevor Gaskell – A Lasting Legacy

Some conversations really do start something: something that lasts, something big.  Sometimes there’s a moment when a seed of an idea is planted, and it germinates, takes root and grows.  When young police officer Trevor Gaskell was out on a routine patrol in Toronto, he had no idea that a conversation he would have that night was to be one of those moments – a catalyst for something far greater.

It was the late 60’s, and Trevor was doing a 3 ½ year stint with the 52nd division of the Metro Toronto Police Department.  This particular evening while on duty with his partner, an officer by the name of Dave Boothby, the usual banter and jokes between the two were not forthcoming.  Dave was unusually quiet and seemed distracted.  In typical style, Trevor asked Dave what was up.

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Attempt to smash world record while suspended at 10,000 feet

This weekend Wellington Ambulance Officer and pilates instructor, Anna Cochrane, will attempt a world record static trapeze performance 10,000 feet above Canterbury while suspended under a hot air balloon.  And it’s not only about breaking a world record but also will raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand.


Last year Anna performed the highest aerial hoop routine suspended from a paraglider over Queenstown. This was a world first, however there was no category within the Guinness World Records.

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Semi-finalist for New Zealand Community of the Year

Semi_Finalists_Announced_2_3IpB5CK.focus-none.width-1024Big Brothers Big Sisters are thrilled to have been named as one of Mitre 10’s semi-finalists for New Zealand Community of the Year. Chosen because of the achievements and contribution made to the community, Big Brothers Big Read the rest of this entry »

The Give Back Campaign

unnamedHere’s a really great way for people who regularly shop online to raise funds for Big Brothers Big Sisters – simply by doing what they would normally do.

The Give Back Campaign provides us with access to over 1250 businesses that have committed to making a donation to Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand every time one of us makes a purchase.

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Start Something – exciting national sponsorship opportunity


An exciting opportunity exists for a corporate partner to become the champion for

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand as principal sponsor.




We are seeking a principal sponsor to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters to enable us to reach 1,000 children and young people with this world-leading mentoring model.  Your sponsorship will enable us to start something big – for each child, and for the organisation. Read the rest of this entry »

First matches made in Rotorua

What a milestone getting to this point of making the first, Rotorua matches!  This is a credit to a great team of people who began with the desire to bring Big Brothers Big Sisters to Rotorua approx three years ago.

Rotorua Coordinator, Darryl Parker says, “Last year I had the privilege of being appointed to the Coordinator role and I could then begin the work of recruiting, screening and training mentors.  Now, six months later, our first matches are being made and they are great matches.”

Pictured below are Wade and Luke, the second match to be made in Rotorua.

Luke is 10 years old and lost his Dad suddenly to a brain haemorrhage three and a half years ago.  Although he has great input from other family members, his Mum Lisa wanted him to have the consistent ongoing input on a weekly basis from a Big Brother.  Lisa originally thought mentoring was only for troubled kids but she discovered the Kaupapa of Big Brothers Big Sisters was much broader than this.

Luke is thrilled with Wade as his Big Brother and Wade truly exemplifies the fantastic mentors we have available.


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Did you know we’re on Instagram?

Hasn’t the “selfie” become a common phenomenon (a fast self-portrait, made with a smartphone’s camera and immediately posted).   However, we think the best selfies are those with at least two people in them, preferably our mentor match pairs. Read the rest of this entry »

Cops in Schools – three years on.


Police Sergeant Mike Yates has been participating in the Big Brothers Big Sisters programme and has built a kennel with his “little brother” of three years Jacahn Roberts, 11.

A programme aimed at inspiring vulnerable children is seeking male mentors.

The Manawatu Big Brothers Big Sisters programme, which began in 2010, focuses on children aged 7 to 10.

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