One hour. Once a Week. One life.

About Big Brothers Big Sisters

Of Hawke's Bay


As one of the 'up and coming' programme locations, the team
in Hawke's Bay are passionate about the regions tamariki
(young people) and the opportunity to provide them with
quality mentors.

Mentoring. So Simple, it Works.

 

 

 

 

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We Want All Tamariki To
Achieve Their Potential In Life​

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Meet our Staff

Carl Southwick
Project Leader
carl@bbbs.nz

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Contact Us

 Want to know more? Send us a message!

Email: hawkesbay@bbbs.nz
Phone: 021 190 6941

135 Dalton Street
Napier, 4110

 

 

Meet Our Board

St John Craner​

 

Jason Ngaroata Wawatai 
Board Chair​

Alasdair MacLeod​

John McDowell​​

Patricia Small
Case Manager
patricia@bbbs.nz

Carl Southwick
Treasurer

St John Craner is Managing Director of Agrarian, a rural marketing firm, which helps New Zealand agribusiness companies gain access to more effective sales & marketing strategies. He is a regular blogger, speaker, chair, media commentator and recent Lincoln Kellogg scholar. St John passions are swimming, reading; lifelong learning and helping young people reach their potential. He lives in Hawke’s Bay with his wife Maria and their three children. ​

Born in Whakatane and educated in Auckland Jason grew up on the streets of South Auckland in the late 60’s early 70’s.
A move to Hamilton in 1978 saw him become a Radio Announcer for Radio New Zealand. He left Broadcasting in 1998. He also did acting work for the McPhail and Gadsby show and voice work for Sky Sport and Television NZ.
Jason was an elected City Councillor for the Nelson City Council from 1989 to 1998. From 1999 to 2007 Jason worked for the Corrections Department as a Prison Officer where he worked his way to the rank of Principal Corrections Officer at Rimutaka Prison and Hawkes Bay Regional Prison. He is currently employed as a Tenancy Manager for Housing NZ in Napier.
Jason’s interests include trout/sea fishing, music (he plays regularly in a band and busks at a local market). He formed and manages Dogs on Bikes NZ.  Dogs accompany their owners on motorbikes to bring awareness and raise funds for community organisations.  

 Carl Southwick is a Police Sergeant currently working in Hawkes Bay with more than 22 years in the New Zealand Police.   He is the District Victims Coordinator for Eastern Police.

Carl has had varying roles in Police ranging from Front line duties, Youth Education, Youth Aid, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Youth Services.    Carl has been involved with Whangärei Blue Light and chaired both the Whangärei and Napier Blue light Committees for several years. He is passionate about improving life outcomes for our youth.  Carl has been a long-time supporter of mentoring projects, youth events and youth camps in both Whangärei and Napier. 

 

 

Born in Greymouth, John graduated in 1954 with a law degree from Canterbury University. John has been a solicitor in private practice since 1984. He was appointed as lawyer for the child in family court matters, lawyer for the subject person, and youth advocate. He is Honorary solicitor for Mahana (Alzheimer’s society). Formerly trustee for the dove financial trust, and was a founding committee member of the Wellington Branch of the Muscular Dystrophy association. Out of work time I like cycling and fly-fishing, not at the same time. In his youth John played basketball and was a rower.​

  

Patricia has had extensive experience working with young people across a diverse range of cultures and ages.  Whilst living in the UK Patricia worked as Welfare Officer at St. Andrew’s school, and was a partner in a private Business College.  She worked on a government initiative pilot setting up a Youth Training Programme, for the development of vocational and personal skills with the aim of getting unemployed youth into work.  The programme was trialed in the East Anglia region, and eventually rolled out across the UK. Patricia worked in the Not-for Profit sector for a few years in the UK and on return to NZ in 1995 worked for the Heart Foundation, Foundation for the Blind and Lifeline before transferring her skills to the food sector.  
Patricia was a mentor for five years on the BBBS Hawke’s Bay programme.  She is has witnessed the positive results mentoring offers young children.​

Carl is a Police Sergeant currently working in Hawkes Bay with more than 22 years in the New Zealand Police.   He is the District Victims Coordinator for Eastern Police.
Carl has had varying roles in Police ranging from Front line duties, Youth Education, Youth Aid, Neighbourhood Policing Teams and Youth Services. Carl has been involved with Whangärei Blue Light and chaired both the Whangärei and Napier Blue light Committees for several years. He is passionate about improving life outcomes for our youth.  Carl has been a long-time supporter of mentoring projects, youth events and youth camps in both Whangärei and Napier.

Alasdair MacLeod is on the Board of several companies including SilverStripe, Napier Port, Optimal Products, and Hold Fast Investments.  Alasdair was a former Partner at Deloitte, with specialist skills in strategy facilitation and business growth. A former Civil Engineer, he completed his MBA over 20 years ago, and has worked in a diverse range of sectors within New Zealand and overseas. Alasdair has been a mentor with Big Brothers Big Sisters for over three years.  He is passionate about helping youth to define their beliefs, values, and goals in life. When not at work, Alasdair enjoys travel, reading, swimming, running cooking at weekends, and being out on the harbour.​