About Us

Our mission is to make a positive difference in the lives of young people through strong and enduring, professionally supported, mentoring relationships.

BBBS in the Manawatu

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatῡ launched in 2009 with our first match in 2010. For almost a decade, our local branch of BBBS has been making a difference in the lives of hundreds of Manawatῡ tamariki by providing mentoring friendships with a reliable, supportive adult within our community.

We have Big Brothers and Big Sisters based all around the Manawatῡ in community-based matches, as well as partnerships with 14 schools across the region including Feilding and Bulls. Our organisation is actively involved in the community, supporting local events such as White Ribbon Day and Relay for Life.

We recruit and train volunteers year-round so please get in touch if you are interested in becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister in the Manawatῡ.

BBBS in Nationwide

In 2018, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Aotearoa provided over 700 tamariki with a trained mentor through our 13 programme locations across the country.​

Aotearoa’s first Big Brothers Big Sisters programme was established in Tāmaki-nui-a-Rua (Dannevirke), where the first mentoring match was made in November 1996.

Then in 1997, the Whakatū (Nelson) programme was set up and with the success of the programme came requests from people and organisations around the country wishing to start similar mentoring programmes.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand, as a national organisation, was incorporated in June 2004. The National Office is located in Te Whanga-nui-a-Tara (Wellington).

BBBS Worldwide

With more than 100 years of history and programme development, Big Brothers Big Sisters is the world’s leading mentoring service for young people.

In 1904, a young New York City court clerk named Ernest Coulter observed more and more boys coming through his courtroom. He recognised that caring adults could help many of these kids stay out of trouble and he set out to find volunteers. At about the same time, the members of a group called Ladies of Charity were befriending girls who had come through the New York Children’s Court.

These two initiatives marked the beginning of what has become an international organisation, operating in 15 countries, and serving over 280,000 children in need. After 100+ years the organisation remains true to the founder’s vision of bringing caring mentors into the lives of children and young people.