Community-based mentoring is all about building futures through friendships. The Big Brother or Sister (tuakana) and their younger person (teina) spend one-on-one time together doing things they both enjoy. It is usually for one hour, once a week.
The tuakana arranges the time with the child’s caregiver and picks the child up from their home or school. Most sessions take place in the community, at a library, at the park, at the lake or maybe at a mountain bike track. It’s not so much about the activity but about spending quality time together developing the friendship.
Wade and Luke were one of the first Rotorua matches. Their mentoring friendship has been going for over four years now and is still going strong. Wade and Luke have lots in common including a love for fishing and hot rods cars – what a great match!