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Sarah Longbottom

Sarah Longbottom

Sarah Longbottom

​​Sarah Longbottom is the Founder, Executive Director and Pedagogical Leader of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. She is a creative thinker, social entrepreneur and disruptive educator who believes in the power positive risk-taking and truth-telling. She has spent over a decade as a leader in education, youth work and creative arts’ facilitation. Sarah is playing a key role in the national development of alternative education so that our most under-served rangatahi can fulfil their potential, feel connected and contribute fully. An alumnus of the US Department of State IVLP program, Sarah has been recognised nationally and internationally, for her leadership in education and empowerment through creativity. Most recently Sarah was awarded the New Zealand International Woman of Courage Award by the US Department of State and the New Zealand Embassy of the United States of America. Sarah was a 2013 Vodafone World of Difference recipient, and Next Magazine Woman of the Year finalist for 2015.

Huia O’Sullivan

Huia O’Sullivan

Huia O’Sullivan

Director of Engagement Huia has been working with Ngā Rangatahi Toa since 2016 to The best thing about Huia’s job is that she’s surrounded by people striving for a better world. Her background is in positive youth development, statuary organisations, kaupapa Māori, and community development. Now she focuses on strengthening Ngā Rangatahi Toa's whanau relationships and she's great at it.

Richie Longbottom

Richie Longbottom

Richie Longbottom

Joining the Ngā Rangatahi Toa team as a consultant in January 2015, Richard brings with him experience as an arts’ practitioner and executive manager, and an enduring passion for innovative education. A graduate of New Zealand School of Dance and former dancer with the Royal New Zealand Ballet, Richard currently works as community engagement director of Co3, the Contemporary Dance Company of Western Australia. Based in Australia since 2010, he has worked in many roles in the Australian dance sector, including general manager at Tasdance and has served on a number of Australia Council for the Arts panels. In 2007, Richard graduated from the University of Canterbury with Honours in Sociology, a Masters Scholarship, and a University of Canterbury Prize for Academic Achievement.

Selina Anderson

Selina Anderson

Selina Anderson

Selina is Director of Creative Operations of Ngā Rangatahi Toa. She works with and coordinates our mentors, volunteers and supporters to make magic happen. Selina says working with Ngā Rangatahi Toa has completely changed her world view, how she lives, how she treats herself and how she treats others. For Selina, Ngā Rangatahi Toais a way of life. And she loves it.

Justine Van Traa

Justine Van Traa

Justine Van Traa

Justine joined the Ngā Rangatahi Toa team to develop corporate partnerships & private donors in 2016. She is a member of the Fundraising Committee and works to maximise funding opportunities from the business and philanthropic sectors. Nearly everyday, someone inspires her: “Good humans are everywhere. You just have to be on the lookout,” she says.