What we do.
OneChance NZ delivers focused programmes across the Social Services Vocational Pathway to encourage NCEA success and develop real life skills. We facilitate Adventure Based Learning (ABL) activities, BootCamps, group fitness sessions, leadership training, coaching, mentoring, public speaking with confidence building modules, promote interest in careers and other tertiary training.
We have a big focus on the delivery of intensive and fun Gateway programmes to the five Rotorua High Schools and surrounding towns, team building activities, organise community events, youth awards, training workshops and motivational speaking seminars to the community and youth groups.
In 2015 the OCYP team won the prestigious Ministry of Youth Development ANZAC Youth Award for organising the OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival. A first for any youth group in Rotorua.
Our Awesome Team
Alan tane Solomon
Alan has spent the past 20 years working on leadership and personal development to be able to design, launch and facilitate the first OCYP in 2013. He has travelled to more than 40 countries, built Sunday Schools in Africa, worked on building sites with Albanian refugees and planted trees in the eroded mountainous landscapes of Hakuba, Japan. He was a Physical Training Instructor in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, spent five years in Sales and Marketing and an award winning journalist. Alan has a passionate fire burning in his belly to develop young leaders and to see them succeed.
Mel started her television media career at the tender age of 19 working alongside an Australian production company. From there Mel worked as a host of Motovegas TV, CityNews presenter for TV Rotorua and subcontracting for national news bulletins. Mel also kicked off Rotorua’s first talent agency, the creative director for the online series What’s Up Rotorua and now provides public relations, media and marketing services under her brand MJGroves Media. Mel loves supporting local businesses, organisations and community events. OneChance NZ is super excited to have Mel on-board as the AV Wizz tutor when we launch our new media programme, YouthTube mid- 2018.
Andrea spent 12 years as an early childhood educator before finding a passion for the world of business and finance. Between 2006 and 2017 she spent nine years running her own businesses and a further two years working at a corporate accounting firm. After the birth of her third child in 2017, Ang left the corporate world and is currently a company director for Awhi Ropu Consultants Ltd. A social enterprise that values itself on looking after the financial interests and obligations of local Trusts and small businesses.
As a mum to three kids she has spent many years helping out on various school committees, coaching their sports and generally being involved in their community. Ang has a passion for Roller Derby and as one of the founding members of Rotorua’s SCSR league she has spent the last seven years involved in the sport as a referee, coach and treasurer.
As a mother of three boys and a man-child, Veena knows how to get things done and has been heavily involved in the behind the scenes action of OCYP events since 2015. Veena’s ability to network and bring people together is a vital link to the success of our vision. Veena is well connected in the community and involved in many youth initiatives. Veena role models a strong work ethic for young people to learn from.
Syretta is originally from Rotorua and was raised in the garden city of Christchurch. She has two children in their early teens and recently Syretta took them on a world trip for year travelling to 15 different countries. OneChance NZ is lucky enough to have Syretta as a tutor and her wealth of knowledge is an asset to the learning and experience of our students. Syretta specific skill-sets are navigating and coaching in the areas of sales, education, health, wellbeing and the arts. Syretta really enjoys being around youth and focuses on uplifting, encouraging and supporting (Pou Amo) our youth.
We have a selection of contract trainers and facilitators who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OCYP, OTUS, YouthTube and OneCare programmes. All of whom are either industry experts in their chosen field or qualified youth workers. Whether the modules are public speaking, leadership development, self-defence, BootCamps or Adventure Based Learning activities, our trainers are passionate to see young people become all that they can be.
OneChance Charitable Trust
Registered as a Charitable Trust in 2017, the OneChance Charitable Trust (CC54270) trading as
OneChance New Zealand was set up for the education and training of NZ youth, the advancement of health and holistic well-being of whanau using faith-based principles of respect, integrity, honour, excellence, culture and service to others.
Trish has experience in a variety of different industries including that of building and managing her own business. Her experience with policies and processes is proving useful for our developing Trust. Having raised three boys, along with coaching experience, Trish understands the challenges of our
teenagers today and the importance of developing their leadership and life skills.
With more than 10 years’ experience of running Bay of Plenty Rugby League junior development accompanied with 10 years BOT governance experience,
I loved every moment of this experience and I have to say I think that the OneChance Youth Project would have to be one of the best parts of my high school experience so far and I am grateful for all the skills I have gained – leadership, event planning, communication, and many, many more.Chantelle Cobby
When I first got invited to be a part of the OneChance Youth Project I thought to myself what could really come out of this course…. But then as I spent one day with everyone on our first day which was team building I knew exactly why I was here. I had to focus on building on my leadership skills and in the end work well in a team and achieve something that benefited the community and the youth of Rotorua.Aimee Rendall
This programme has been designed to inspire youth involved and assist them in learning the skills required for life, work and leadership. I personally think that this is a fantastic concept to develop young leaders and prepare them for their future in the workforce and business.Hon Todd McClay
I have been part of many events but the OneChance ANZAC Kite Festival was outstanding for young people to plan and implement what they have learnt. Definitely recommend this for youth wanting to learn event management and community engagement.Bobby Howard
As a Council embarking on a People Friendly Community we value investment in our young people as they are our citizens of the future. The OneChance Youth Seminar in one of a range of programs that collectively will make a difference in our community and hopefully will inspire those to love their dreams and choose to love, work and play in the community that we love.Hon Steve Chadwick
I thoroughly support and recommend the OCYP to any teacher/parent who wants their student/child to develop their leadership skills and confidence. This is a fantastic concept for all the youth of Rotorua.Yvonne Downard
I highly recommend this unique ‘leadership initiative’ as an investment in our community development and therefore any financial support or resources you can provide for the continuation of this OneChance Youth initiative will make a difference to these young people and encourage’ the ripple effect’ through their peers.Deb Bell
The events I find ending up most successful tend to be those organised by people who have that rare combination of passion and organisation skills. My experience with the OneChance event was definitely at the high end of that scale. If you hadn’t told me that it was being organised and run by students, I would never had guessed.Terry Williams
I would highly recommend accessing Alan’s skills in the area of leadership training, personal goal setting, and helping to raise youth confidence in their own abilities to overcome adversity and seek out opportunities.Todd Mountfort
I wish to express that the youth involved were very professional in their dealings with us. They provide a proposal letter incorporating the project objectives and plans, a comprehensive health and safety plan, security and wardens.Hera Smith
Listening to Alan Solomon on Saturday evening was an inspiration. He reminded us that we don’t win by walking away from a negative situation. We take it as a challenge. One of the students wanted to leave but, with encouragement from one of the team leaders, became a leader in her team.Allen Foote
The OneChance Youth Project helped me gain the confidence needed to share my work with others, the skills needed to delegate, get along and work together so we can achieve our goals.Karl Perez