Ōtara Raise Up Crew

Ōtara Raise Up Crew

Interested in joining the crew in Ōtara?! 

Day: Thursday

Ōtara Youth Drop In Hub, 121 Bairds Road Ōtara

Time: 4-6pm

We are looking to start a crew in your area! get on board and join Raise Up. We will come together to create events and opportunities for youth and families within their local communities.

Want to get involved in your community? Raise Up is a group of up to 20 young people who are passionate about doing good in their community and creating awesome ways for young people to come together and have some fun. 

We are starting a new crew in Ōtara and we want YOU to join us!! We meet once a week from 4:00-6:00pm to plan events, workshops and volunteer community outreach, play some games and EAT (free feeds every week)! Joining the crew is also an awesome opportunity to gain leadership skills and experience as well as building your CV and learning a bit about life ahead! 

Word From The Coordinator

Kia ora!!

My name is Shari and I’m the new Ōtara Crew coordinator.

I’m originally from across the ditch (Aussie), and now call South Auckland home. I’m into performing and visual arts, being active, getting out into nature, and love a good ocean swim. I’m also a Brooklyn Nets supporter and will challenge anyone at a good board game! In my spare time I hang out with my whānau and friends and take my doggo for runs.

I’m really passionate about empowering young people, and providing a platform for our crew to thrive as individuals and together as a group. My goal is to create a space that is open and supportive - where we can learn from each other, plan epic events and have heaps of fun in the process!

Joining a Raise Up crew is an awesome way to hang out and connect with each other, and do good for our local community. Get in touch if you’re keen to join!!

Ōtara Events


South Regional

Entry free


Central Regional

Entry free


North Regional

Entry free


Hamilton Regional

Entry free

What have the Ōtara Crew been up to


Empowering rangatahi nationwide

What started as a social programme where young people put out events and activities for their peers in 2002, has come a long way since then. In its 20th year Raise Up is now a youth development programme focused on the development and growth of young people supported by crews of rangatahi. This year the Raise Up team gears up for the national rollout of Raise Up across Aotearoa.


Disco night - Young people and seniors

The YMCA's youth development programme, Raise Up is always looking for new ways to get involved and help out in the community. One such event was when the Raise Up crew planned a disco night with the seniors in our community. Shreya Badal, the organiser and one of Raise Up's prefects within the Puketapapa crew, shares the story.


Five of the best ways to keep young people safe online

You might feel the easiest solution is to ban your young person from all leisure use of devices or place strict rules around usage; but the most likely outcome of these sorts of ‘helicopter parent’ strategies is to drive your young person underground – they’ll continue to use, they just won’t tell you about it. There are better, trust-focused strategies that are far more likely to keep your young person safe online – Here's our top five ways to help you out.