YCD is governed by a Board of Trustees who meet once a month to discuss and ratify any proposals developed by the Manager they believe will address the needs of Young People and their whanau.


Board Members

Rachael Fonotia, Chairperson,  Helen Gatonyi

Louise Cook, Hamish Johnson  

Jill Sunnex, Julie Williamson, Cassandra Staps

Ruru Harepeka Nako Hona is YCD Kaumatua, Ngatiruamahue Marae, Ngati Kahu, Nga Puhi


Fred Williams, Manager

Tena Koutou katoa.

Ko Karioi te maunga

Ko Toreparu te awa

Ko Tainui te waka

Ko Tainui Te Iwi

Ko Motakotako te Marae

Nga Mihi kia Koutou


fredw@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6290


Natalia Sukhikh, Administrator


Philip Nuu, Senior Youth Worker/Mentor

Malo Lava le Soifua maua ma le lagie mama, Malo le onosa’i, Malo le faamalosi i feau ma galuega o lenei aso

Philip Filemu Nuutolola toku igoa

Years later and still having the passion to be working and supporting our Rangatahi . Young little homies are always at the centre of our universe.
Whanaketanga is where is at, Ministry of Youth Development hooking us up with the cash to work with rangatahi who needs support/ Mentoring, guidance through event planning, Basic life skills, Holiday Programmes. Also supporting all Rangatahi that come through the Greatness of YCD

Manuia Soifua

philipn@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 9632


Robert Stanbridge, Supervision With Activity Co Ordinator

My name is Rob Stanbridge I work alongside Sidney supporting young people sentenced to Supervision with Activity (SWA). I am the YCD ‘muscles’ and have worked here for 13 years. I like pina coladas and getting caught in the rain. I’m not much into health food I am into zinger burgers. I enjoy supporting young people and seeing them work through their plans and move on to much more exciting and healthy life adventures.

roberts@ycd.co.nz – 027 523 1335


Red Setu, Youth Worker/Case Manager

Ko Taranaki Te Maunga
Ko Waitara Te Awa
Ko Tokomaru Te Waka
Ko Awanuiarangi Toku Tipuna
Ko Te Ati Awa Toku Iwi
Ko Puketapu Toku Hapu
Ko Mururaupatu Toku Marae
No Otautahi Ahau
Ko Rerewa Toku Ingoa

Kia Ora Koutou, Talofa Lava, Fakalofa Lahi Atu, My names Red Ngaia-Setu & I’ve been working at YCD for a very long time!
Currently I work on the Family Home Project alongside Michelle & Dee, we work within 3 Oranga Tamariki residential family homes: Highsted, Martindale & Leicester…
Our role is to support our young people with their short term, long term or transitional plans, this project is working in partnership with the Caregiver, Social Worker, Whanau and other services that may engage with the Young Person.

I enjoy working at YCD alongside my team, building solid relationships & supporting our young people through their journey is the rewarding part of my job…
Creating positive change in a young person’s life is a great feeling…

He Waka Eke Noa,


reds@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6257 


Daniel Mataki – Community Service/Events


“Hey Guys, I’m Daniel Mataki Jnr a work alongside Dan Simpson as one of the youth workers/community service coordinators here at YCD I also support in the events we organize and run. I am born and raised here in Chch and I am interested in all kinds of Art and Creative stuff. Outside of YCD I run my own small business as “DJ Danny-ill” where I work as a DJ in night clubs, events and private functions, I am keen to support Young People pursue there creative ideas, organize events and or start your own business feel free to hit me up if you have any ideas or keen on learning more only too happy to sit down and workout goals and plans.”

danielm@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6016 


Daniell Simpson, Community Service/Events

Ko Vito te Maunga
Ko Vaiola te awa
Ko Ngati Hamo te Iwi me Fiji me Tonga Tapu
Ko Dan Simpson toku ingoa

Kia ora te whanau i’m Dan Simpson I work alongside Dan Mataki as one of the youth workers/community service coordinators here at YCD I also support in the events we organize and run. I am interested in all kinds of Art and Creative stuff. It is a privilege to work with the young people and all the YCD staff.

daniells@ycd.co.nz – 027 222 7860


Tessa Aranga, Youth Worker 

Tena Koe,
My name is Tessa Aranga My background is in Social Work and I have been a Registered Social Worker since 2014 through the Social Workers Registration Board (SWRB). I love working at YCD and watching young people grow and become positive members of society. My name is Tessa and this is my ditty.

tessaa@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6021 


Megan Suvalko – Street Youth Work Project Case Manager

Kia Ora, my name is Megan Suvalko I am 28 years old (the youngest and most youthful staff member I might add). I am originally from Whangarei AKA the Naughty North and have been in Christchurch for about eight months now and have been a part of the YCD team for seven months and am so grateful to be a part of an amazing and supportive team. I have a big passion for youth work and have been in this line of work since I finished uni in Perth in 2014. I love working with young people, no day is ever the same and it is always a challenge in the best way. I am expecting my first baby in November 2020 which myself and my partner are super excited about but not so excited about the impending sleepless nights!

megans@ycd.co.nz 027 320 5866


Julie Tuhimata – Street Youth Work Project Case Manager

I have worked at YCD for just over 10yrs!! What do I love about my job? The YOUNG PEOPLE!! And the amazing team we have!! Our door never shuts!! Mumma of 3!, wife to 1! nanny to 1!! Those that know me know I love to shop so my shoe size is a 9!! Just for your info!! Fav colour black, grey, orange, Fav food ALL! Yes its true I do have a lollie draw in my office!!

julieT@ycd.co.co.nz – 027 562 6017


Melody Wehi, Youth Work Coordinator

Kia Ora,
Ruahema te Maunga
Waioweka to Awa
Opekerau te marae
Ngati ira te Hapu
Whakatohea te Iwi
Ko Melody Wehi ahau
Ko Maia raua ko Lilly aku kotiro
Tena koutou katoa

I have worked at YCD for 7 years and my roles are Coordinator for Supported bail and SYSC our Life Skills program. The best thing about YCD being in a Whanau environment, within an awesome team. Also walking alongside our Young people, which always feels like a privilege rather than a job. Outside of work my life is all about my daughters. Whanau is everything no matter what capacity it is.
Nga Mihi

melw@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6003


Shaun Asi, Senior Youth Worker course Tutor 

Talofa Lava my name is Shaun Asi, I am New Zealand born Samoan, my family village is Solosolo and Afega, and I am a Canterbury man from the Eastside of Christchurch, Aranui. I have been working with young people for a long time now, 9 years of which, I’ve been at YCD. I have worked in the Supported Bail and Mentoring roles over the years,  My current role is I am one half of the course tutors on the SYSC (Specialist Youth Services Course), basic life skills course for young people. it is an absolute pleasure working along side young people, seeing and encouraging positive changes for themselves, building self confidence, connecting with whanau and culture, not everyday is perfect, the road to change isn’t always easy, perseverance is key, though the young peoples time at YCD is seasonal, the fruits of their labor will be ripe when they are older, its all part of their journey. you live and you learn. Nga mihi

shauna@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6648


Simona Faavesi, Supported Bail Youth Worker

Talofa lava, my name is Simona and I work on the Supported Bail team.

I have fourteen years of experience in working with young people.

I love what I do and am very motivated and passionate in what I do. I am very fortunate to be in a position to offer intensive support for the young people I work with.

While a young person is on Supported Bail my goal is for them to leave having gained something, utilising their time constructively to reduce the risk of re-offending and setting personal goals, identifying interest and hobbies whilst walking along side them with an encouraging approach.

What I love most about my role is building positive relationships with young people and their whanau’s as I feel this is the most important thing to do in order to progress with them.

Outside of work I am a real family man, my family is my life. My hobbies and other interest are being outdoors, hiking, biking, kai gathering etc, boxing and health and fitness which all of these things I offer and encourage young people to participate in (If this is their interest) as I personally feel health and wellbeing is very important.

simonaf@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6512 


Zenn Rarere – Supported Bail Youth Worker

E nga iwi
E nga mana
E nga reo
E nga karangatanga maha
E nga morehu, tena ra koutou katoa

Ko Taupiri te Maunga
Ko Waikato te awa
Ko Tainui te Waka
Ko Waikato te Iwi
Ko Zenn Rarere toku ingoa

My name is Zenn Rarere and work on the Supported Bail Programme. I have been apart of this whanau for nearly 10 years and have had many roles here. Working with young people on Supported bail gives us as Kaimahi a chance to be in their lives and assist with personal development, education and vocational matters, address any challenges they may be facing and gaining a more purposeful routine. Supported bail also gets to work aongside the young person with their whanau, so that rather than making progress individually it is made as a whanau. No child left behind 

zennr@ycd.co.nz 027 562 6294




Deanna Dempsey, Youth Worker/Case Manager

Kia Ora my Name is Dee Dee, I have worked here at YCD for 5 years on the family home project. My role here includes supporting young people through their journey and their plan, what that may look like is supporting the young people in re engaging into education and working towards independence. I grew up in care myself which I believe gives me the level of understanding I need to work alongside the young people in the family homes and this is what inspired me to become a youth worker. I feel privileged to be working at YCD because of the culture and the staff who are all committed to making a difference in our young people’s outcomes.

deannad@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6670




Sidney Tauamiti, Supervision With Activity Youth Worker

I have worked in the youth sector for various non-governmental organisations, community organisations and the Ministry of Education. I am really passionate about people and community, which in essence is what YCD is all about. Rugby coaching is another vehicle through which I connect with the community and something I dedicate a lot of my spare time to. In fact I enjoy all sports and have filled roles as ground announcer and courtside announcer for the Canterbury Rams and the Crusaders over the years. Family, community and service are 3 of my personal values and subsequently influence my interests outside of work but are also a big part of why I work at YCD.

sidneyt@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 3386


Ethan Harrison, Transition Project Youth Worker

My name is Ethan and I am involved in the Transition to Adulthood Programme which allows me to help young people develop into independent individuals. This involves working with our youth to develop life skills and gain the basic and necessary skills to move into a healthy and well balanced independent lifestyle as they prepare to move out of the Oranga Tamariki system and beyond, thus supporting them towards a life of substance.

ethanh@ycd.co.nz – 027 562 6293


Michelle King, Youth Worker/Case Manager

Kia Ora, 8 years ago, I applied for a position working in a residential setting, with young people in the justice system, this was not a career path that I had ever considered, however I quickly become passionate about my role & still today, couldn’t think of a better occupation.  I hold a diploma in child protection & am currently working towards a qualification in youth work.

At the beginning of 2020 I joined the YCD Whanau as Team Leader of the Enhanced Whanau Home project.  I am proud, to be part of such a devoted group of professionals, who all play such important roles, in so many young people’s lives.  I feel privileged, every time I become part of a young persons journey, always doing my best to support them to; build on their strengths, explore their identity, re-engage in education, develop new skills, learn to make positive choices & succeed in anything they may want too.

I’m Michelle & this is my ditty

michellek@ycd.co.nz – 027 277 8703 




We support Youth Work practise, encourage upskilling and enjoy working with Young People.