Recreate NZ launched the MOXIE (Meaningful Opportunities X’ing Into Employment) initiative in 2016. MOXIE is a series of projects that provide experiential learning and meaningful work experience for youth with mild to moderate intellectual, physical, special needs or sensory disabilities.

MOXIE evolved from one small team on one orchard, to several working groups across two orchards, one garden and the Our Harvest kitchen. Through MOXIE, Our Harvest products blossomed into a delicious and reliable range. We now plan to grow the social enterprise to support more young people within the security of the Recreate NZ umbrella.


  • Mowing & weed eating

  • Pruning, picking and tree maintenance

  • Composting

  • Planting, seed raising, weeding

  • Kitchen hand experience

  • Customer service

  • Teamwork and communication

  • Health & Safety

  • Problem solving and taking initiative

  • Advocating for yourself


Learning is managed and monitored in a MOXIE Handbook. We ensure content is coherent, relevant and stimulating. Tracking progress and goals helps support the learning journey of each young person as well as recognising achievements. Skills can be carried over into many other areas of life.

MOXIE also works with local employers to create tailored work experience programmes suited to our young people. With dedicated facilitator support these placements have great potential to lead to paid employment.



We believe the facilitation of good relationships and meaningful connections will drive the success of our young people to lead full and purposeful lives while also demonstrating diverse community inclusion.


  • Lemon Orchard, Kumeu

  • Micro- orchard, Waiau Pa

  • Market garden, Waiau Pa

  • Our Harvest product development, Mt Eden

  • Careers Club, Mt Eden

  • Sales team, local markets


These in-house MOXIE programmes run on a 4-term schedule and are a great way to begin your journey to employment. Recreate facilitators and volunteers learn with you to help form a pathway on to further education, training, or employment opportunities once you have graduated from MOXIE.


See Mid Week Opportunities for more information and cost structure

Please email to express interest in a MOXIE work experience placement.

Current and past Moxie work placements:

Mummy's Yummys

Browns Bay



Gellerts Nursery


Fresh Collective

Mount Albert

The Tannery Cafe

New Lynn



Jesse is a well-known Recreater and was looking for a meaningful job within a great team. He began a 10-week MOXIE placement with Mummy’s Yummys and with the support of Recreate facilitator, Lisa, learned the skills and techniques necessary to really showcase himself to his employers. Early in 2020, despite the threat of COVID-19, Jesse’s charisma and hard work secured him a permanent paid position with Mummy’s Yummys and he has been on a high ever since! Jesse continues to flourish, “he has had so much positive feedback about his great work ethic, dedication and focus, and his ability to learn” - says Andrea, Jesse’s mum.



48 Windmill Road


Auckland 1023

P: +64 09 638 5364




Mt Eden

Auckland 1349

New Zealand

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