About us

The Shift Foundation is a youth-development organisation supporting young women aged 12-25 years to lead their best lives. We help young women feel more:

CONNECTED

with strong, trusted relationships with peers, positive role models, and their wider communities.

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CONFIDENT

in their self identity, self-worth and holistic well-being.

EMPOWERED

in their lives, with opportunities to influence the issues that matter to them.

OUR APPROACH

  • Build whanaungatanga (strong relationships)

  • Co-design and collaborate

  • Create inclusive and fun experiences

  • Holistic - focus on the needs of the whole person

  • Empower the next leaders

SHIFTING THE SYSTEM

We also support people who influence young women’s lives to be more:

  • informed - about what works for young women

  • capable - to meet young women’s needs through their practice

  • inclusive - of young women in their decision-making processes

Meet the team

We care deeply about using our diverse skills to create positive change for young women's wellbeing.

FUNDED BY
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Co-chair | She/her
Maddi McLean

Young People Participation Manager, Golf New Zealand

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Co-chair
Gina Rembe-Stevens


Associate Director - Human-centered Design, PwC

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Trustee
Astuti Balram


NZ Health Plan Lead, DPMC

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Trustee | She/her
Robyn Cockburn

Director and consultant, Lumin

OUR BOARD
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Trustee | He/him
Julian Todd

Acting General Manager, Community Activation, Sport New Zealand

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Trustee | She/her
Leone Vito-Toleafoa

Head of Partnerships & Engagement, Pacific Media Network

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Trustee | She/her
Rachel Knight

Social Impact Design Principal, DNA Design

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Trustee
Jake Downing


Head of Tourism, Wētā Workshop Ltd