About NRT

Creativity, innovation and personal transformation

We have been nationally and internationally recognised for our social justice based education work and creative arts mentoring for young people excluded from school. Our immersive and intensive projects connect rangatahi with top New Zealand musicians, actors and artists. Rangatahi participation and success is supported by our Director of Engagement and our Youth Mentor who both have a long-term positive involvement in the lives of our young people, and implement our whanau wrap-around model. The sense of purpose our young people develop is strengthened through the mindfulness and yoga practice that is part of our organisation-wide, self-care program.

We have high expectations of our young people. We believe in them and see them as capable of achieving their dreams. Our creative arts projects generate a high level of trust and our rangatahi are encouraged to focus on their hopes for the future and plan their next steps. Our Director of Engagement and our Youth Mentor support our young people in making these next steps into adulthood by arranging tertiary and school visits, as well as internships and work placements. What we do works and those who graduate through our programs successfully re-engage with education and find employment.