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Recreate NZ launched the MOXIE (Meaningful Opportunities X’ing Into Employment) initiative in Auckland in 2016. We are very proud to announce the launch of MOXIE in Christchurch July 2019!

MOXIE is a series of projects that provide experiential learning and meaningful work experience for youth with mild to moderate intellectual, physical, learning or sensory disabilities.

Located in Leeston, we have secured a green space for us to develop and maintain market gardens throughout the seasons.

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  • Midweek work experience on a market garden in Leeston, Canterbury

  • Career Club based in Halswell, with visits to work places around Christchurch

MOXIE provides a safe and supportive space for the young people involved, where they are given opportunities to learn and perfect new skills. They are also given resources to track their progress and reflect on what they are learning.


  • Work skills 

  • Use of specific equipment  

  • How to care for a market garden

  • Knowledge around different plants, vegetables and trees   

  • Health and safety awareness 

  • Team building skills 

  • How to work alongside other participants 

  • Social skills 

  • Leadership and independence 

  • Professionalism   

Our over-riding objective or ‘big vision’ for MOXIE is have a ‘wrap around’ service that provides a pathway for disabled youth across New Zealand, ensuring that they move on to further education, training or employment opportunities once they have graduated from MOXIE.

From Moxie's inception in 2016, we have evolved from one small team working on one orchard to now include 22 youth in 5 teams working on all these exciting projects. Recreate plans to scale MOXIE further to cater for 60 youth with disabilities per week, reaching 135 current and/or previous participants nationwide within three years.

If you live in Christchurch and you would love to find out more about MOXIE, please email Sally at