For over 20 years we have worked to help children, young people and families to flourish. We are now recognized as one of New Zealand’s leading agencies of social enterprise and innovation. Since 1991, Great Potentials has created the Family Service Centre model; introduced HIPPY- Home Interaction Programme for Parents and Youngsters – and established it in 38 communities; it has introduced MATES – Mentoring and Tutoring Education Scheme; and it has successfully advocated for the introduction of Family Start, now in 38 communities.
Our vision is well-nurtured children within well functioning families, contributing to safe communities and a prosperous nation.
Our principles are to be solution focussed, working for positive change and acting early and cost-effectively to prevent later high cost negative spending resulting from educational failure, violence and crime.
Our mission is to work for and with children, young people and families to:
- Relieve suffering
- Release potential
- Reduce disparities in NZ society
- Reduce crime and violence
- Break the cycle of disadvantage
- Promote family functioning.
Great Potentials works at critical points of transition:
- transition into parenthood
- transition into primary school (HIPPY)
- transition from intermediate to secondary school (MATES Junior)
- transition from secondary school to tertiary education (MATES Senior).
Great Potentials is featured in the July 12-18 2014 issue of the Listener magazine! Click here to see the full article.
The Ministry of Youth Development to support MATES Junior
“I want to see young people across New Zealand have opportunities to develop their confidence and self-management skills, engage in positive activities, connect with their communities, and grow their leadership abilities,” Youth Affairs Minister, Hon Nikki Kaye says.
Click here to read the full story.
2012-2013 Annual Report
Follow the link to read Dame Lesley Max’s report from Great Potentials’ Annual Report 2012-2013:
For the full Annual Report 2012-2013, follow the link below:
Coroner’s report on Kahui twins’ deaths – Dame Lesley speaks on Radio NZ National
25 July 2012
The coroner’s report on the deaths of the three-month-old Kahui twins has been released. Simon Moore SC, Crown Solicitor for Auckland, Patrick Kelly, Auckland Starship Pediatrician and Clinical Director of the Child Protection Team and Great Potentials CEO, Dame Lesley Max, speak with Kathryn Ryan on Nine to Noon. Listen to the audio here (Dame Lesley starts at 21 mins).