One hour. Once a Week. One life.


It takes a passionate community and an incredible amount of hard work to establish the Big Brothers Big Sisters in a new region.

For the past 12 months a dedicated team of volunteers  in Whakatāne have been quietly working away at laying a solid and sustainable foundation to launch the BBBS programme.



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Meet our Volunteer Steering Committee


 As a fully community funded programme the most significant task the EBOP steering committee has in these initial stages is rallying support and financial backing. 

Once they achieve this, they will be able to start looking to employ a Mentoring Coordinator and start recruiting volunteers to train as mentors. 

If you live in the Eastern Bay of Plenty and want to help support, donate or fundraise for the programme please contact the team:

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