About Us

The Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement is a collective of like-minded people banding together to invest in our young people.


We are working together to help ensure businesses have the skilled staff needed for growth and to secure good employment opportunities for our young people.

Partners Porirua leads the Youth 2 Work Movement with the support of Porirua City Council and guided by the Porirua Youth 2 Work Advisory Group.

Partnering with businesses, educators and the community

We’re giving businesses, educators and the community the opportunity to get on board and make a real difference to our young people – and ultimately to Porirua City.

We’re entering into partnerships with those who put up their hands and make a commitment to our youth.

For businesses

It’s about making sure you have the skilled staff needed for the growth of your companies. Training young people now will avoid skill gaps in the future and help to futureproof your businesses.

For educators

It’s about working together to help ensure better outcomes for students that include good employment and a successful future.

For the community

It’s about young people participating in our city. We know that if they are earning or learning they will be helping to form a healthy community.

The team behind Youth 2 Work

The Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement is really gathering momentum.  We’ve assisted upwards of 80 employers with their recruitment needs and have helped more than 200 young people into employment. It’s time for you to get on board, make a difference and help shape the future of Porirua.

The Porirua Youth 2 Work advisory group provides guidance and support to the movement. Porirua City Councillor Dale Williams, is the chair of the advisory group which includes representatives from:


  • Graeme Dingle Foundation
  • Ngati Toa Rangatira
  • Partners Porirua
  • Porirua Chamber of Commerce
  • Porirua City Council – elected members and officers
  • Porirua secondary schools
  • Tu Ora Compass Health
  • Whitireia New Zealand
  • Work and Income

Councillor Dale Williams, ONZM JP

Chair, Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement Advisory Group

A Trade Certified Motorcycle Engineer by profession, Dale ran successful motorcycle dealerships for many years employing predominantly young people and training many apprentices.

During his time as Mayor of the Otorohanga District, Dale led the development of community owned programmes to support young people into work.

Dale’s six-year leadership of the New Zealand Mayors Taskforce for Jobs saw a Youth to Work Strategy based on the Otorohanga experience produced for all communities to share.

When he moved to Porirua, Dale worked with Partners Porirua to establish the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement and has been the Chair of its advisory group since its inception.

Dale is also a Porirua City Councillor.

Michelle Robinson

Executive Director, Partners Porirua

Michelle has been active in supporting youth in Porirua since the formation of Partners Porirua in January 2000. Partners Porirua’s mission is ‘developing youth for the working world’ and as executive director, she was the driving force behind setting up the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement in 2015. Her key role is building strong relationships with stakeholders to help the Movement grow.

Michelle lives by the beautiful Pauatahanui inlet and in her spare time likes being outdoors, walking and gardening.

e: michelle@partnersporirua.org.nz
m:  027 286 1919

Jacqui Edwards

Workforce Development Manager

Jacqui loves engaging with businesses and youth to ensure both can benefit from being involved with the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement.

She enjoys matching up employers with work-ready young people and talking about work opportunities and expectations. Jacqui spent many years helping local people enter the workforce through her previous work broker role at Work and Income.

Taranaki born, Jacqui has lived in Porirua for 17 years and says she loves being part of this awesome city. Jacqui spends her time outside of work attending the Hosanna Baptist Church in Cannons Creek and encouraging her kids’ academic achievements, sport and other activities.

e: jacqui@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 021 0260 8404

Arlyta Huriwai

Operations and Service Support Manager

Prior to joining Partners Porirua, Arlyta gained a wealth of experience in both the corporate and community sectors. As a previous Manager of the Porirua Employment Hub, she has supported many young job seekers into work and her efficient manner along with a sense of humour helps keep the busy team on track.

Arlyta enjoys keeping up with her four children and eight grandchildren, often travelling weekends to visit. Her other favourite pastimes are flax weaving (raranga) and photography.

e: arlyta@partnersporirua.org.nz
t: 04 237 1099

Aashif Sacha

Education Partnership Facilitator

Aashif’s role includes coordinating educational experiences and partnerships between business and schools providing students with ideas and understanding of possible future careers, and preparing them for the working world.

Aashif has a background in education and he is passionate about helping young people get into meaningful careers.

Aashif is married with three children and in his spare time he is involved in various community initiatives.

e: aashif@partnersporirua.org.nz
m:  027 539 0241

Amanda Walters

Career Pathways Coordinator

Amanda is focused on strengthening relationships between education and business, encouraging employers to engage proactively with local students.

Amanda has over nine years experience working with youth in the Porirua Community.  A previous youth tutor at Whitireia Polytechnic and a Careers Advisor and Gateway Coordinator at Bishop Viard College.

Amanda is married with three older children.  She enjoys attending concerts and supporting her children in their sporting activities.

e: amanda@partnersporirua.org.nz
m: 027 539 0243

Youth Ambassadors

An enthusiastic group of youth ambassadors have joined the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement to make sure young people in the community know what’s available to them and how to access this.

“It’s great to have young people out walking the talk in the community and demonstrating how they’ve personally benefitted from the Youth 2 Work Movement,” says Michelle Robinson, Executive Director for Partners Porirua.

Join up today

Join the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement today and cement your commitment to our city. Call us – together we can discuss your involvement and a partnership agreement.


Partners Porirua
04 237 1097

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