Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatῡ fosters mentoring friendships between caring, reliable adults and local tamariki who, for whatever reason, need extra support to reach their potential.

Benefits of mentoring

Big Brothers Big Sisters is an international mentoring programme for young people 7-17 years of age. Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people through strong and enduring, professionally supported, mentoring relationships.

Our mentoring programme has a direct and measurable impact on children’s lives. Independent studies have found that children and young people involved in this programme are more likely to succeed in school, behave non-violently and avoid risky behavior.

Our Partners


Thank you to the Manawatu Craft and Food Fair for choosing Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatu as their chosen charity for the Fairs September Raffle. Thank You to those who supported the Fair and purchased a Raffle Ticket, you helped raise $233.70 for BBBSM!

Congratulations to the winners Phillipa Parfitt and Marily Powdril…. and…. a bigger thank you to Phillipa who has kindly donated the prize back to BBBSM to be re-raffled, you’re a star!

AGM Rescheduled – Please note due to the announcement of a public holiday on the 26 September 2022 in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Second, Big Brothers Big Sisters AGM will now be held on Wednesday 28 September 2022