What We Do

Each time Big Brothers Big Sisters pairs a child with a role model, we start something incredible: a one-to-one relationship built on trust and a friendship that can blossom into a future of unlimited potential.

The powerful, positive and lasting impact that mentors can have on young people is reinforced by research.

Many independent studies have affirmed the Big Brothers Big Sisters model of mentoring. This research shows that children with a Big Brother or Big Sister are more likely to succeed in school, to behave non-violently, and to avoid risky behaviours.

This means the work of our volunteer Big Brothers and Big Sisters has a direct and measurable impact on the lives of our local tamariki.

At Big Brothers Big Sisters of Manawatu, we operate two mentoring programmes; school-based and community-based.


School-based Big Brothers and Big Sisters meet their Little counterparts once a week for one hour at a local partner school to spend time one-on-one and do fun activities. This programme suits those with time constraints or other commitments on the weekend but may have flexibility during the week.
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Community-based Big Brothers and Big Sisters meet their Little counterparts regularly either after school or at weekends. They hang out and do cool stuff with each other, such as baking, hiking, fishing, or visiting new places, typically spending between 1-4 hours together each week.
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Still got questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Find out how we support our Big Brothers and Big Sisters by visiting our Mentor Resources section.