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The Youth Team

Richard Elvey

Richard hails from the heart of the East End of London, and has always had a passion for both working with young people and organising events. By the time he went to University to study theatre design in 1999, he was already organising club nights and small outdoor events as well as DJ’ing around the South East of England. In 2001 Richard began working in the events industry, working his way up to the role of Crew boss and Assistant Artistic Director, being heavily involved in huge shows like the Brit Awards, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers and Bon Jovi tours.  

During this time he began to work with troubled young men in the Greater London area, visiting both care homes and secure units as a Youth Advocate and Independent visitor. The work was as challenging as it was rewarding.  

Gradually his youth work grew and at the end of 2005, he changed career to begin working as a special needs assistant in secondary schools, focusing mainly on behavioural issues and worked as an assistant Youth Worker at a local club as well as continuing his work in the care homes of London.  

Richard began working part time for Kahu Youth in 2007, gradually increasing his involvement and hours until January 2009 when he went full time. Now with a level 6 Diploma in youth work under his belt and as an accredited youth work assessor with the NZQA, he uses his experience to add large scale youth events and activities to the activities Kahu Youth offers the young people of the Upper Clutha region.  

Angie Lister

Angie works part time with us, after returning from maternity leave. She worked as our other full time youth worker for 7 years before that.
Angie grew up on the island of Anglesey, North Wales. Her first experience working with youth was as a swimming coach in America for a summer camp when she was 18. She studied Sports Science at Surrey University in the South of England for two years before travelling and working in many different countries. Her experiences travelling, especially the people she met made her realise that her passion lies with helping others in the community, especially youth. 

In March 2007 she arrived in Auckland to explore New Zealand travelling as far north as she could all the way to Stewart Island. Arriving in Wanaka for a winter season in 2007 she instantly fell in love with the place and knew that she wanted to make Wanaka her home. She began getting involved with the local community as much as possible, first by beginning a girl’s mountain biking club.

Angie also began volunteering for St John as a first aider, which she did with pride for over two years. She became a New Zealand resident in July 2010 and when the opportunity to work at Kahu Youth came up shortly after she knew instantly that it was her dream job: working with youth, helping the community and using all the skills that she has acquired throughout her education and experience.