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Tutaki Youth Inc.

Tūtaki Youth Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation, providing a facility with cultural, education, physical, health and leadership opportunities for young people. Located at 88 Juliet Street Stratford, the multi-purpose youth facility includes office space for rent, board and meeting rooms, IT suite, health room, large commercial-style kitchen, recreation area, and the Lions Den gym.

Operating hours

Monday - 10.00am-5.00pm

Tuesday - Friday 9am – 5.00pm

Closed daily between 12.30pm - 1.30pm



Youth Work

Youth work is integral to Tūtaki Youth Inc.’s service delivery.  Young people aged 12-24 years have access to a youth worker who provides support and assistance through identifying career pathways, education support, mental and physical health, life skills, advocacy and family assistance.

Social Work

Our social worker provides social work services to young people and family/whānau who seek help to improve their wellbeing.  This includes health, mental health support, education, employment, alcohol and drug, referrals to external agencies, needs assessments leading to care management plans, parenting, self-esteem and anger management, advocacy and re-integration into the community.


An Anti-Bullying programme at primary school level which aims to reduce the effects of bullying and create positive social change to improve behaviours in our young people and future leaders.

Domestic Violence Response

Our Prevention Initiatives Coordinator responds to every domestic violence incident that is attended by Stratford Police to provide advice, information about services available to them and/or ongoing support. This could include protection orders, parenting orders, relocation assistance and individual care management plans.  As well as Police attended incidents, support is also provided to those who seek it in unreported domestic violence situations.

Police Projects

Tūtaki Youth Inc. works in partnership with Police Youth Development to run projects that prevent and reduce youth offending.  One of these projects was the Lions Den which has since modified into the Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre where a range of memberships and classes are offered to the community.

More information about memberships and classes are available at Tūtaki Youth Inc. or through www.lionsdengym.co.nz.  Every dollar generated from the Lions Den Gym & Fitness Centre is put back into the organisation to continue providing services for the community.

A very successful element of the Lions Den Mentoring Programme is the one-on-one sessions between young people and a mentor.  This provides the young person with the opportunity to build confidence, develop discipline, identify their strengths and spend time with a positive role model.  We are always looking for mentors so if you are interested in being a mentor or would like to know more about it please contact us.


Tūtaki Youth Inc. provide programmes, both in individual and group settings.  Programmes are developed based on need identified through trends and issues highlighted through client work and community feedback.  Current programmes include:


A programme that gives participants tools to improve their self-esteem by learning about themselves; their strengths and likes, foundations for healthy self-esteem, building happiness, and communication.

Taming Anger

A programme that helps participants to recognise their anger and its causes, how it affects others and strategies to deal with anger.

Healthy Relationships

A programme that gives participants the tools to recognise what a healthy relationship looks like in a family, friendship and school environment.

DV (Domestic Violence)

A programme designed to give participants the tools to assist in understanding what domestic violence is, how to live a DV free life, putting supports in place and developing safety plans.

Referral Process

All referrals made to Tūtaki Youth Inc. follow the same process.  Referrals are received at weekly multi-disciplinary Case Management meetings.  An initial assessment is undertaken to ensure that the client meets our criteria and that we are the best agency to meet the needs of the client.  The case is reviewed and a decision is made whether to accept or decline.  A letter is then sent to the referrer with the decision from the Case Management meeting.

Referrals for children and young people can be received using the attached Tūtaki Referral Form.  Referrals for family/whānau can be received using the attached Tūtaki Whānau Referral Form and can be addressed to:


Contact details

Phone: 06 928 4517

Email: office@tutaki.org.nz

Address: 88 Juliet Street, Stratford 4332

Postal: PO box 26, Stratford 4352


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