Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

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Big Brothers Big Sisters matches children and young people aged 6 to 12 with mentors in professionally supported one-to-one relationships.

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Research highlights the powerful, positive, lasting impact that mentors have on children’s lives.

The Big Brothers Big Sisters model of mentoring has been affirmed by rigorous, ongoing external evaluation. This independent research has shown the positive relationships between youth and their Big Brothers and Big Sisters have a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives.

With a proven track record of over 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the world’s largest mentoring programme helping over 280,000 children around the world reach their potential through professionally supported mentoring relationships.

Here in New Zealand Big Brothers Big Sisters supports around 750 children each year in 13 different locations:

North Island




Hawke's Bay




South Island


North Canterbury





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New Research highlights the impact of our programme  5 December 2014

Thanks for your support of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Your gift will make an incredible difference in a child's life and there is new research on Big Brothers Big Sisters to confirm this!

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health Study in Canada has found some impressive results showing that boys with a mentor on our programme are less likely to exhibit a whole range of negative behaviours.

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  • Ravensdown

    Ravensdown 1 day ago


    From Jono Love and Julian Chee at Ravensdown's Napier Works.


    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

      To John, Julian and the amazing team at Ravensdown Napier Works - THANK YOU for this incredibly generous contribution to our Wellington Branch. As you well know the Wellington branch is a committed and passionate team and are having such an amazing impact. The mentors there are dedicated to the young people and support like this shows the wider support of the community! We thank you for rallying your support behind them and championing them on to even greater things! Ngā mihi nui - Rachel and the BBBS National Team

  • Ben

    Ben on 20 Oct 2019


    Hoping you can open operations in Northland sometime soon!


    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

      Morena Ben! Thank you so so much for this extremely generous gift. We totally hear you about having the programme in Northland - we would LOVE to see that too.... There is a little bit of ground work required to get it off the ground - but as the other 13 regions have proven... it is TOTALLY possible. It would be a few months in the making and requires some passionate volunteers to start a steering committee, with the goal of recruiting a governance board, then the fun job of secure some funding. It is an extremely rewarding process to be apart of - there is nothing like working with a team of like-minded people, passionate about the impact of mentoring and about the young people in the community... Keep in touch if you know of anyone! Rachel and the BBBS Team

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 17 Oct 2019



    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

      Thank you so much for this incredible donation! It means so much to know that we have supporters who understand the amazing thing our mentors do for the young people involved in our programme. The stories are endless and so encouraging - and they are all made possible because of generous people like yourself! Thanks again for all of us at BBBS.

  • ACC

    ACC on 07 Aug 2019


    This is a donation on behalf of staff at ACC’s National Office. Last month we celebrated International Friendship Day with a Random Act of Kindness. For one of the many activities we had last month, we invited staff in our National Office to show someone in ACC they cared by sending them a personalised message in one of our friendship cards. Staff gave a small Koha for their cards and we organised delivery. We love the important work you do and hope this helps.


    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

      Wow Team ACC! What a wonderful way to celebrate International Friendship Day - we love the outward expression and simplicity of just giving a little something to really make someones day! It is what our Mentors are ALL about! Thank you so much for the generous donation towards our programme, it is invaluable to our staff, our mentors and our young people, to have your support! Ngā mihi maioha Rachel and the BBBS of NZ Team

  • Guest Donor

    Guest Donor on 26 Jun 2019



    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand

      Morena and a HUGE thank you for believing in the power of mentoring. Your generosity will help us to seek out incredible volunteer mentors and match them will a really well needing and well deserving young person in the Auckland region... So, KNOW that you are really helping to make an amazing difference! The BBBS Team

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