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Ko au, ko

koe, ko taua,


You and I are one

24-7 YouthWork is a network of churches and schools and, as such,

communication is vital to us.


If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please don’t hesitate

to make contact – we will endeavour to get back to you as soon as we can.


If you are a school or church looking to get started with 24-7YW, your first

point of call is your local Regional Coordinator. If you are a person looking

to be employed as a youth worker, then please check out our vacancies.

Contact Us

Office Location:

La Vida Centre Offices,

34A Hansons Lane,

Upper Riccarton, 8041

Christchurch, New Zealand


+ 64 3 974 2467


Postal Address:

PO Box 6473

Christchurch 8442

New Zealand



24-7YW Administrator

Network Staff


Service and Implementation


24-7YW operates on a decentralised model, empowering local stakeholders to support their local communities and encouraging region-to-region support. 

This accounts for our small national staff whose main priorities are to serve local communities and implement nationwide initiatives.

Jay Geldard started out his days in youth work with the 24-7YW Hornby Presbyterian team at Hornby High School.  He completed eight years in the school before moving on to work full time for the National 24-7YW Network in 2009.
Jay is passionate about working with young people in schools and says, “The teenage years are often some of the toughest and young people need good role models to help them transition well into adulthood.”

He has a real heart to see churches and schools working closer together for the benefit of the students and is excited about the future growth of the Network.




Jay Geldard

Network Coordinator

Contact Jay


Alan Aitken is a management consultant for a variety of charitable and community-based organisations including 24-7YW. He has been involved with church and community groups for over 25 years including 16 years as a church pastor which saw him undertake a range of youth, administration, teaching and leadership roles.


Al reflects that success, in whatever charitable organisation, is always about people and always comes back to people.


Alan Aitken

Network Development Specialist

Contact Alan


Olivia Millar joined the 24-7YW team in 2017. She has a background in psychology and sociology as well as strengths in organization and communication.


Olivia has a heart for the community, demonstrated by her voluntary involvement in after school programmes and her work with the Open Home Foundation.

Olivia Millar

Network Administrator

Contact Olivia

After spending six  years high school teaching, Nicky Geldard joined the 24-7YW team in 2011.


Initially trained as a journalist, Nicky loves using her communications background to indirectly be involved in schools work. She believes young people hunger after genuine relationship and sees youth work as one way of fulfilling that need.


Nicky Geldard

Network Communications

Contact Nicky

Regional Coordinators


Partnership and Vision


Along with the national staff 24-7 YouthWork is led by representatives from the regions that meet four times a year.

The principal roles of the regional coordinators are to:

• Be a point of contact for churches and schools in their area.

• Meet with Team Leaders in their region and represent the collective voice of the youth workers from their area.

• Provide strategic vision for the 24-7YW Network.

A youth worker at Dargaville High since 2012, Christine Taylor is the newest member of the Regional Coordinators Group, joining the team at the beginning of 2016.


As well as being a youth worker, Christine works for Dargaville Baptist Church as the youth leader for Years 7 to 13. She enjoys seeing youth excel in what they love, “but also love seeing them achieve what they thought they couldn’t – seeing them learn to believe in themselves.”

Christine Taylor


Contact Christine


Appointed as the Auckland Development Coordinator at the beginning of 2013, Grant Warner has been invaluable to the RCG due to his background in education and family development.


Affiliated with Green Bay High School and Titirangi Baptist, Grant enjoys seeing youth work changing the world one person at a time.


Grant Warner


Contact Grant

Jess Suisted was a youth worker at Cambridge High School from 2010 – 2014. She is based at Raleigh St Christian Centre in Cambridge and joined the RCG in 2015 to begin sharing the vision for 24-7YW in the Bay of Plenty area.
Jess is passionate about churches building up their local communities!


Jess Suisted

Bay of Plenty

Contact Jess

Warwick Prewer has managed the Cambridge High youth work team from Raleigh St Christian Centre for the past four years.
He joined the RCG in 2013 and loves working with young people to see them grow and develop to their full potential.

Warwick Prewer


Contact Warwick


Daryl Judd became the Team Leader for Tawa College when the school joined the 24-7YW Network at the beginning of 2015. Employed as the Youth and Associate Pastor at Tawa Baptist, Daryl has been involved in youth work (either paid or voluntary) for a number of years.


Daryl has been interested in the work of 24-7YW and Duane Major (24-7YW founder) for many years and his maturity and sound wisdom are a welcome addition to the Regional Coordinators Group, which he joined late 2015.

Daryl Judd


Contact Daryl


Nick Ippolito has been doing youth work in America and all around New Zealand since 2003. He has been a youth worker at Waimea College since 2014 and is also the Team Leader.


At the start of 2015, Nick was appointed as the Regional Coordinator for the Nelson/Marlborough area. Nick is affiliated with Hope Community Church.

Nick Ippolito


Contact Nick


Luke Gardiner started as a youth worker in 2001 at Hillmorton High as a part of South West Baptist Church (formerly Spreydon Baptist).  He completed eight years before going to university and then training as a secondary teacher.


Luke has now come full circle as he became the Canterbury Regional Coordinator in January, 2015.  We greatly value his historical knowledge and on-the-ground understanding of what it means to be a 24-7YW youth worker.


Luke Gardiner


Contact Luke


Before moving to Dunedin, Matt Stevenson was a long-serving 24-7 youth worker at Linwood College, Christchurch. Matt is passionate about working with young people and supporting youth workers on their journey.
He is excited to see 24-7YW take off ‘down south’ and looks forward to the impact it will have amongst the youth of Otago. Matt, Jess, and their son Noah, attend Elim Church, Dunedin.


Matt Stevenson


Contact Matt


24-7YW Board of Trustees

Guardianship and empowerment

24-7 YouthWork is governed by a voluntary board of trustees that meets four times a year with input from Jay Geldard, the Network Coordinator.

The principal roles of the board are to:

• Ensure that the Trust is coherent, responsible and viable.

• That its activities remain true to the ethos of 24-7YW.

• Oversee the work of Network staff.

Duane Major |


Duane Major has a background in education and sport and is a Pastor at South West Baptist Church (SWBC) and the founder of 24-7 YouthWork.

Duane became a volunteer youth worker well over 20 years ago, and says he was drawn to youth work because of its energy and the opportunities it created.  “I saw it as an opportunity to make a real difference” Duane says. “Youth is a fantastic stage of life, and youth workers can be hugely influential during this time.” Duane enjoys working with young people of all ages and backgrounds – and believes the community has a big part to play in ensuring all young people grow into well-rounded adults.

Alan Ameye |

Alan Ameye, and his wife Heather, spent thirteen years working for YFC (Youth for Christ) in Wellington before moving to the City of Sails to serve as youth pastors for nearly eleven years at Windsor Park Baptist Church on the North Shore.

His current role is the Northern Regional Youth Ministry Coach for Baptist Churches, which he has been doing for the last seven years. Alan enjoys identifying and observing trends in youth ministry and endeavours to keep up with new initiatives around the world. He loves sitting with Youth Pastors and hearing their stories over a coffee, (which he doesn’t drink so it’s usually a water).

Alan Aitken |

Alan Aitken is a management consultant for a variety of charitable and community-based organisations including 24-7YW.
He has been involved with church and community groups for over 25 years including 16 years as a church pastor which saw him undertake a range of youth, administration, teaching and leadership roles.

Al reflects that success, in whatever charitable organisation, is always about people and always comes back to people.

Grant Chivers |

Grant Chivers is the 018 Manager at South West Baptist Church with responsibilities for all Youth and Children’s work including being involved with seven not-for-profit Trusts within Christchurch. Grant has been involved with various Youth Trusts, Youth Work and Children’s Work of varying sorts for the last 25 years and has a passion to see young people flourish and grow into healthy, contributing, whole adults.

Grant and his wife, Emma, spent three years with YWAM (Youth With A Mission) in Southern Africa in their life before kids and their passions are youth, children, Global Missions and family – along with a great cup of coffee or a mountain bike ride on a forest track.


Please note: these vacancies are forwarded from our affiliated churches and groups within the 24-7YW Network. 


Youth Worker – St John’s College (Hamilton): two positions


Combined role working in St. John’s College and the Cathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary and supporting the events of the Catholic Youth Office. These positions can be combined with study or part-time work



-Skills in working with youth

-The ability to be self-motivated while also working as a team



Catholic Youth Office Coordinator and is affiliated with the 24-7 Youth Work Programme



-Leadership Development

-Cultivating school spirit

-Supporting staff and students

-Helping students with extra-curricular activities

-Building positive relationships during and outside of school

-Support the link between the school and the Cathedral youth group (Lifeteen Hamilton) / Parish community



-A committed young Catholic who is involved and committed to their local parish community



-A passion for being a transforming influence in their local community

-A living relationship with Jesus

-Sound group work skills

-Basic leadership skills with a commitment to receive further training

-Good ability to relate to and be accepted by young people

-Clear written and oral communication skills

-Ability to manage own time and priorities

-Ability to manage projects

-Ability to work as part of a wider team and to develop a team around them



Please e-mail Briege Koning at with your CV and cover letter


Youth Worker – Kaiapoi


Are you interested in working with teenagers?

Are you fun, bubbly and keen on getting alongside and supporting youth at school?

Can you see yourself helping youth by talking to them while playing sports, hanging out in class and sitting with groups at school lunchtime?

Do you want to be part of a bigger organisation making a huge difference in New Zealand’s high schools?


The Person to Person Help Trust – a charitable trust associated with Kaiapoi Baptist Church, is seeking a youth worker to join our team of 24-7 Youth Workers in Kaiapoi High School. Experience is helpful but not essential – full training will be provided.


The role of youth worker is 15 hours per week in school – the hours are flexible to suit your lifestyle. If interested, the successful applicant will have the opportunity to also be employed by Rivertown Café, Kaiapoi, for up to 15 hours/week.


The successful applicant will:

·       Have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ

·       Become part of local Christian church community

·       Have some experience with youth and a passion for supporting young people

·       Be a team player

·       Have the ability to relate well to students and teachers

·       Be honest, eager and have a good work ethic

·       Be passionate about getting involved in the local community


You will join a committed team well established in the school, will receive mentoring and support in the role, opportunities to attend 24-7 youth worker training and development and have the chance to make a real difference in the lives of young people.


Applicants will need to consent to be police vetted.


If interested please email Billie Wells at or phone 027 665 9881 for more information.


Applications close 16 June 2017    



If you have a vacancy you would like to

appear on this page, then please email

Char Shaw with the relevant details.