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Real Waikato

Across the Waikato, our team supports young people and their whānau, to create opportunities that help them feel great about themselves, their lives and their futures.

Real Waikato provides preventative support for young people through the following services:

In-schoool support programme

  • Māori​ performing arts – we work with primary and intermediate schools across the region to engage their young people in performing arts such as kapa haka. It encourages young people to push themselves past their fears and inhibitions to realise what they are capable of. It also works to meaningfully involve the entire school community – from governance to teaching staff to whānau – in supporting students to achieve their best.

Find out more below about our In-school support programme and what it takes to work for Real Waikato.


We work closely with community groups to support young people through our mentoring programmes.

  • Tairanga – meaning to uplift or empower, this programme is designed for young people between the ages of 10-17 years old who may need extra support in life. Tairanga is based on the needs of each young person and mentoring may be in groups or one-on-one. All young people in the service must reside in Central North Waikato.
  • Youth mentoring – we work with Oranga Tamariki to provide a mentoring service that meets the needs of at-risk young people aged between 11-17 years old, in the greater Hamilton area and the Waipa and Waikato districts. We focus on the particular needs identified by a young person and is inclusive of their whānau. We guide them through the programme but encourage them to drive its direction.



How to get Real

Feel free to contact our team if you have any questions, are interested in working for Real Waikato or would like to connect with our services.

Phone – 078571579
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Address – Kakariki House, 293 Grey Street, Hamilton East. Postal address – PO Box 307, Hamilton 3240