Life Changing Experiences for young people with Disabilities.
Since 2002 Recreate NZ has been providing outstanding social and recreational services to the disability community of Auckland. Now also serving Christchurch, Waikato & Bay of Plenty,
we have grown from humble beginnings into a provider of over 400 programmes each year.
With four exciting programme streams consisting of ten different programme types ranging from ½ day to 6 days in length, we have plenty of opportunities for you to enjoy.
Recreate is run by a team of dedicated staff who all bring different skills, interests and personalities to the table.
An enthusiastic outdoorsman on the track and the seas. Brent has just celebrated 10 incredible years as the General Manager of Recreate NZ.
Nicola has been the heart and soul of Recreate for many years. Formerly the National programmes Coordinator and coming back from Maternity leave, Nicola is now our Funding Manager.
National Accounts Manager
After spending some time overseas Alana has returned back to New Zealand, based in Auckland and she oversees all finances throughout our four regions.
Regional Accounts and Office Manager
Lisa has arrived at Recreate from Germany via Australia, and is hugely passionate about helping people live the best lives they can. Lisa oversees the office operations and regional accounts as well as facilitating programmes.
National Programmes Coordinator
Matt has over 9 years’ experience with Recreate from volunteer, facilitator and now National programmes Coordinator overseeing all programmes and coordinators
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Mike is from the States and he has been a casual facilitator with us in Auckland since October 2019. He has been a steady presence since. Mike is passionate about the outdoors, young people and experiencing new cultures!
Sally is also from the States and she has recently moved from Dunedin after completing her studies in Sociology and Spanish. She is very excited to be working in a field she is passionate about!
Lily has recently completed a Bachelor of Nursing and Psychology, and is overseeing our Waikato region. She has a passion for working with vulnerable youth and is excited to grow the Waikato!
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With a passion for both people and adventures, Sophie is excited to combine the two and deliver fun programmes for the Bay of Plenty!
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Emma has joined Recreate from being an amazing volunteer with the right stuff! Emma is studying Sociology and she is looking forward to getting out and about in the beautiful Bay of Plenty, and to doing it with some amazing people!
Katie has enjoyed many roles at Recreate as a volunteer, facilitator, National Programmes Coordinator and is now staying on as a casual facilitator in Auckland
ADSA Programme Coordinator
After many years as a volunteer and facilitator, Grace coordinates our ADSA Social Club, Mothers Retreats, Junior Getaways and Junior Adventure Weekends.
Our Harvest Facilitator
Nicola manages the Our Harvest team in the kitchen. SHe has years of experience creating delicious jams, chutneys, relishes and sauces, and the youth love working with her!
Fresh from graduating in Bachelor of Arts at AUT which included an internship with us, Damien is now the Holiday Programme and Urban coordinator in Auckland alongside Sarah
Programme and Volunteer Coordinator
Dani first met Recreate through her AUT placement, and now she is a core part of the team. Dani oversees a range of Adventure Programmes, Getaways, Short Breaks and volunteers
Moxie and Intern Coordinator
Sheridan came to us through an AUT placement in 2014, and is now heading up Moxie, Our Harvest, Youth Camps, Internships and volunteers with Dani
Moxie Employer Liason
Sarah has been involved with Recreate over the years through various programmes, and we are so pleased to have her part of our Moxie team. She will be aiming to grow our network of employers who can work with the amazing Moxie participants
Sarah has been part of our Recreate community for a while as a volunteer. She has recently graduated from Victoria University and is now back in Auckland coordinating our Holiday programme and Urban events with Damien
Martina completed her AUT internship with Recreate during 2017. She now oversees some Adventures, Short Breaks, Life Skills and Getaways
"Just came back from the Mother’s Retreat’ weekend and had to write to you to thank you sooooo much. Can’t rate the weekend enough! It was wonderful! Everything about it was fabulous. Thoroughly enjoyed all the sessions, the relaxation, the sharing with other mother’s, the food and venue – fantastic! Can’t WAIT for the next one!" - Linda
Recreate NZ is a registered charity - CC41375. We are a youth based organisation who believe in young people supporting young people. We do this by enlisting an amazing team of age appropriate staff and volunteers to manage all of our programmes. Recreate NZ is overseen by the following board of trustees, who provide support to the wonderful staff.
Craig is proud to be part of Recreate and is committed to using his private sector experience to make a difference to the inspirational youth that we represent.
Ezekiel looks forward to contributing his disability sector strategic advocacy experience, to help youth with disabilities to further achieve their dreams.
Sue is passionate about supporting the extraordinary work of Recreate staff in positively changing the lives of our young people.
Carol was Recreates founding Chairperson and is now enjoying the journey as a regular Trustee.
Queens Service Medal recipient after many years in the disability sector, Heather is still as passionate about Recreate as ever.
Holly is immensely proud to be a part of Recreate and the amazing work that makes a difference in the lives of youth. She has communications, events and marketing experience.
Committed to seeing the disability sector maximise all of the financial opportunities available, Chartered Accountant Helen has recently joined Recreate as treasurer.
Trevor has worked in a variety of public and private sectors as a Chartered Accountant, as well as in the Health and Disability sector.
Former operations staff member Rob has extremely valuable experience within many facets of Recreate over the years.
There's hardly a part of beautiful Aotearoa that we haven't explored with participants! Recreate NZ operates out of three locations, and runs programmes for clients in the Auckland, Waikato, Bay of Plenty & Canterbury regions. We hope to expand further in the near future, so if you live outside of these areas but would love to see Recreate come to your region, drop us line.
To register for our services or to get in touch with our Auckland, Christchurch or Bay of Plenty/Waikato offices - See below.