Kaupapa | Our North Star

Our purpose is to support and empower families and communities within Aotearoa by helping to empower our youth.
We are committed to providing service and support to Kiwi youth whom we work with every step of the way.
Rise up

At Rise Up, we go that extra mile, building trust-based relationships through the way we deliver our services. We hear and understand the challenges that are faced by many when it comes to education and employment. That’s why we continue to nurture our young talent (our future stars), allowing them to ‘rise up’ and walk their pathway of success.

Guided by mātauranga Māori, this narrative, symbolism & insight in caring for our kiwi youth (Māori, Pasifika and Pakeha) still resonates and is what guides us today.

Upcoming Event

Get your workmates and friends together to take part in this hectic, fun 6-hour corporate ‘team relay’ spin class.

Our Values


Whanaungatanga is about relationships and feeling a sense of belonging. We believe that exploring New Zealand culture and how this defines the make up and dynamics of our youth today, makes for a far richer and personalized experience. It truly allows a group of strangers to build deep friendships as well as enabling a more intimate connection with the local people and places that we explore.


Kaitiakitanga is about guardianship and the connection between people and the natural world. It states that it is our job as humans to be guardians of the environment, to look after resources and ensure their survival for future generations. Being a New Zealand charitable entity, we feel a great responsibility to honor, protect and preserve it in the best way we can.


Also referred to as haututū, whakatoi means cheekiness, curiosity, and confidence. We encourage this as part of the learning practices for our Kiwi youth. Māui was renowned for being cheeky and curious and he is often called Māui the trickster. These inherent qualities and dispositions are what make our youth who they are. For many, it is about getting them to understand how to use these to best effect for the most appropriate outcomes.


Te Whatu Pōkeka defines aroha as respect, as well as the loyalty and commitment of love in a whānau context. Our kaiako (teachers) help our Kiwi youth to understand how aroha feels (this is the lasting love of whānau connections) when they provide opportunities for our youth to enact aroha (in its true sense of meaning) and tell them how they have seen this in their daily lives.

RISE UP Foundation is a Registered Charitable Entity under the Charities Act 2005
Registration Number: CC62268

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