Media Release

11 July 2017

Local businesses commit to Porirua youth

Two new Porirua businesses have joined the growing number of organisations committed to giving Porirua young people a head start.

Last week (6 July 2017) AWF and Taylor Preston signed up as supporters to the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement.   

Over 50 local business leaders attended a function to celebrate the achievements of the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement and to hear some local success stories.  

The guest speaker was Megan Howard, Product Development Manager for Youth 2 Work partner Whittaker’s.  Ms Howard confessed she ate chocolate for breakfast, lunch and dinner and said she had the best job in the world.

Also speaking were two people who had recently entered the workforce, Eimeo Kirk from Downer and Chelei Kopa from Housing NZ, who both captivated the audience as shining examples of successful young employees.  

Led by Partners Porirua, Executive Director Michelle Robinson says, the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement aims to have all Porirua youth earning or learning.

“Youth 2 Work is all about making the connections between local businesses who are looking for the best young staff, and the pool of talented young people right here in Porirua. It’s a way of getting those young people into work and benefits our local businesses and economy at the same time,” says Ms Robinson.

There are now 32 local businesses, schools and organisations signed up as partners to the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement.

Barry Walsh, recruitment officer for Taylor Preston, says being involved with Youth 2 Work gives the company exposure to the next generation.  

“We want to let kids know that we are there as an option.  We know that nationally there are thousands of unemployed young people, they are the future and they need help to get started and we can give them that start,” says Mr Walsh.

Anyone wanting more information on the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement can visit

Caption: Left to right: AJ Wilson and Chelei Kopa from Housing NZ, with Jacqui Edwards from Partners Porirua and Porirua Mayor Mike Tana, at the Porirua Youth 2 Work Movement business function. Young employee Chelei won a Whittaker’s cook book for her creative suggestion: Twisties flavoured chocolate.

For further information:
Michelle Robinson, Executive Director, 027 286-1919, (04) 237 1099,