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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.


The Moxie programme seeks to mitigate discrimination by working with employers and potential employees to create a shared vision of success. A 10 week programme is designed with step-by-step processes and hands-on support provided by Recreate NZ.


The vision is to build capacity and opportunity

which focuses on the quality of the placement in collaboration with the employer.



New Zealand has made significant progress in the inclusion for individuals with disabilities. However, there is still a lot to be done to ensure there is decent work and economic growth for people with disabilities. Previous research (Lysaght & Cobigo, 2014; Vornholt, Uitdewilligen, & Nijhuis, 2013) has predominately focused on the experience of individuals once they have gained employment. However, given the New Zealand disability unemployment statistic is over 40% for individuals with an intellectual disability (Statistics NZ, 2017) it suggests that getting through the hiring process is significantly more difficult.

MOXIE work experience is a supported journey to paid employment. While the employer is not obliged to employ anyone at the end of each programme, we do expect this is the intention from the outset. The programme is designed to showcase the skills and personality that our young people can bring to your team and therefore, by week 6 you’ll be eager to get a permanent contract (or three) ready! The 10 week structure is very flexible to suit each business scenario. Get in touch to chat this through with us.


  1. Recreate NZ connects with businesses committed to creating opportunity and valued roles for people with disabilities. The opportunities for a mutually beneficial partnership are discussed.

  2. Recreate NZ will conduct an interactive site visit to observe processes the MOXIE group will undertake. A programme is designed based on the original MOXIE structure with employer needs taken into consideration. Recreate NZ will hand-pick participants to suit this work experience and participant information profiles are sent to the employer.

  3. Recreate NZ facilitates the employer/participant relationship throughout the placement e.g., structuring tasks, terminology, appropriate interactions, understanding strengths and challenges, goal setting.

  4. The employer and Recreate NZ meet to discuss possible candidate/s for permanent employment.

References are written for participants who have not been employed at the conclusion of the placement

During the MOXIE programme your workforce will gain valuable communication, management, adaptability, and personal development skills. Thinking differently, changing perspective, or slowing down the way you communicate and teach new skills can drive fresh awareness and more inclusive culture in the workplace. In turn, participants will learn important lessons in time management, professionalism, teamwork and belonging as well as job-specific skills.

When you do employ someone through the MOXIE programme you are eligible for further assistance to help your new employee settle in:

  • 6 months of in-work support from a Recreate facilitator, designed to meet the individual’s need.

  • 6 months wage subsidy to assist paying wages while your new employee is still learning.




p. 09 638 5364



"We had a friend who had given the ‘Our Harvest’ participants an opportunity, they were having fun and we wanted to give young adults with disabilities an opportunity to also have fun, feel they had a purpose and to help them feel comfortable in a work environment. We ran a MOXIE work experience programme in 2019/20 and employed Jesse in May 2020"

Ann-Marie Nicholas

Mummy's Yummys, Browns Bay