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 educational, intensive and fun Gateway programmes to the five Rotorua High Schools and surrounding towns, team building activities, organise community events, the annual Rotorua 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 Whanau
ALAN TĀNE SOLOMON
Chief Enthusiast - Founder
Alan has spent more than 20 years working in leadership and personal development. He has travelled to more than 40 countries, built Sunday Schools in Africa, worked on building sites with Albanian refugees, worked with street kids in the Philippines and planted trees in the eroded mountainous landscapes of Hakuba, Japan. He was a physical training instructor in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, a regional and national award winning sales and marketing consultant and an award winning journalist.
This life experience enabled him to design and launch the first OneChance Youth Project in 2013. In early 2017 he founded the OneChance Charitable Trust trading as OneChance NZ which he now manages. He was also the founding deputy chairman of the Rotorua Childrens Art House.
Alan is an accredited life coach and a Justice of the Peace. He has a passionate fire burning in his belly to develop young leaders and to see them succeed.
“Our young people are not the leaders of the future, but the leaders of today – the future of Aotearoa”.
AV Wizz - Videographer
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 collabatring with OCNZ in the creation of the Rotorua Youth Awards and student videos.
Kacey is a business graduate and has had a varied career ranging from working in the financial sector to a boutique ice cream manufacturer. Majoring in Marketing Kacey is interested in numbers and how they can tell a story about customer interactions and insights.
Kacey is passionate about health and well being and enjoys staying fit. She has run the Rotorua Marathon twice and plans to continue to complete this annual trip around the lake. A mum of two, who loves spending time with her children in the garden, on their bikes or making forts. Kacey is passionate about youth and loves being a part of the OneChance team, making noticeable positive changes in our community.
We have a selection of contract trainers and facilitators who bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the OCYP, OTUS, YouthTube, BackOn Track and OneCare Tiakitanga 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.
As a mother of three boys and a man-child, Veena knows how to get things done and has been involved in the behind the scenes action of OCNZ 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 is involved in many youth initiatives including are being heavily involved in the promotion of rugby league in the Bay of Plenty for our rangitahi. Veena role models a strong work ethic for young people to learn from.
Pou Amo - Tutor
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.
McKenzee (Mack) Gapes
Youth Champion - Assistant Instructor
Mack currently serves as a supplementary staff member at the Rotorua District Cadet Unit in the Army Cadet Corps. He also serves as a leader at the Kids and Teen Horse Ministry Camps at Lakes Ranch. He is am passionate about the youth of Rotorua and has a heart to see them do well in life.
‘I have recently come in to serve at OneChance NZ as an instructor for the OneTeam Uniform Services and I am looking forward to seeing the students enjoy their time on the program’.
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.
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 values-based principles of respect, integrity, honour, excellence, culture and service to others.
Chrissy joined our team midway through 2018. She brings with her passion and experience in working with children and young people. She works as a teacher at Western Heights Primary School and has worked in various other schools around the city. Chrissy is passionate about seeing young people have the skills and resilience to overcome life’s obstacles and fulfill their potential. When she is not working, she is drinking coffee with friends or relaxing at one of Rotorua’s beautiful lakes.
Regan has a passion for exploring new and upcoming technology. Being a judge with the Young Enterprise Scheme was one of his highlights in 2017. He has worked primarily in the business sector and enjoys weekends, where you will normally find him building things with his son, or out in the forest on his E-bike (It’s not cheating!)”
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