Kyle was born and raised traveling the globe on a sailboat his father built. He was home schooled for 11 years before settling down in New Zealand. He went to high school at Western Springs College in Auckland where he exceled in communication skills and many forms of arts and sports, and had his first experiences in helping with special needs programs and becoming a big brother at Youth Town, where he helped other youth find their way. Moving to Christchurch years later he completed a diploma in outdoor recreation and education. From this he ran holiday school programs for the YMCA and found a passion for working with youth at risk and re integration programs. He then spent three years as a raft guide before moving to Wanaka, were he completed his ski patrol course (ski field medical first response).
“I’ve been incredibly blessed and privileged to have had such an adventures upbringing and lifestyle, I feel traveling and experiencing so many different cultures as a youth gave me a unique outlook on the world we live in, at a young age. This understanding would prove difficult for me at school as it gave me many years of life experience beyond me peers. As an adult now being able to unravel my own experiences, I would love to share that life knowledge with other youth to help encourage and guide their own dreams and ambitions”.
After a spout of injuries and a few surgeries over a couple years he decided to hang up the adventure boots, becoming a house painter for the next 7 years. He also found a love for Disc Golf, he is part of the local Wanaka Disc Golf club and involved in teaching disc golf and helping to install new courses around NZ, which provides a free activity for the public to play. He is currently ranked 5th in the country and has represented the New Zealand disc golf team (The Flying Kiwis) at three world championships in Canada, England and Estonia, bringing home both silver and bronze medals. “Moving to trade work was fun and lucrative for a while but it lacked the moral substance I needed and I started to become unwell and unhappy. Getting the position here at Kahu Youth was a life saver for me. It feels so good to be part of a collective group again that is making real difference in our community and helping direct lives in a positive way”. I hope I can have the same impact on the youth here as traveling the world did for me growing up”.