About the Project

Nau mai, haere mai, it’s wonderful to digitally meet you. We’re excited you want to learn more about this project and hope that you might be a young person who is thinking about participating.

This is a paid opportunity (part time) for a group of LGBTIQ+ young people who are passionate about health, wellbeing, and their community. We are looking for 8 young people (16-24) to be our community researchers and help us build a big and bright picture of what being physically healthy looks like for our West Auckland, Rainbow community.

If you are a Rainbow young person who is passionate about helping your community to thrive and would like to gain some awesome skills and experience for your CV while you study, this opportunity might be for you!  

What’s this all about?

This Kaupapa is focused on creating opportunities for more gender diverse young people in West Auckland to participate in movement and fitness opportunities that bring them joy. Joyful movement is an approach to fitness and exercise that focuses on finding pleasure and enjoyment in the way we move our bodies. Movement and fitness should be a pleasurable experience and a tool for taking care of ourselves. Some days that might look like kapa haka with whānau , other days it looks like a quiet walk along the beach. Unfortunately, exercise is often painted as a punishment or a penance, rather than a celebration of our body’s strength and versatility. Some community groups find it hard to find opportunities to move in affirming ways, resulting in it being difficult to take care of their physical health in the ways they’d like to.

This is a paid opportunity for 8 LGBTIQ+ youth who will form the core project team. Your role will be as a community researcher who listens to the thoughts, ideas, experiences, and feelings of our Takatāpui and gender diverse community members. You will discover the types of movement that people like to do, what stops Rainbow people from moving in the ways they’d like, and a range of other insights that you will uncover through asking questions and listening to your peers. Together we will compile what you learn to build a big and bright picture of what being physically healthy looks like for our community. Using what we learn and what we hear, we will work together to imagine what opportunities could be created so that more Rainbow young people can participate in joyful movement opportunities.

Together we will form a tight rōpu and build a whānau. Your safety, wellbeing, and feeling of belonging are the most important things to us, and we hope the opportunity will create lasting bonds of friendship with other young rainbow people for years to come.

Who can participate in this project?

We are looking for 8 LGBTIQ+ young people between the ages of 16-24 for this paid opportunity ($25 per hour).

You don’t need any special skills or experiences to apply for this project, there’s training included. Being sporty or active isn’t necessary, we are looking for good listeners and for young people that want to give back and help others.

At the end of the process, you will also have a range of new skills, an experience that you can add to your CV, and opportunities emerging to continue to participate in the future if you wish to.

We use the acronym LGBTIQ+ to describe people who identify under the Rainbow umbrella, including but not limited to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, non-binary, intersex, irawhiti takataapui, mahu, vakasolewa, palopa, Fa’afafine, akava’ine, fakaleiti/leiti, Fakafifine, pansexual, asexual, agender, gender diverse, queer, questioning, or not sure yet. If you identify as having a diverse gender or sexuality, then we’d love to hear from you.

You don’t need to live in West Auckland to participate, but our hui and training time will take place in the West. If you are worried about transportation, let us know and we will try to help. To attend the sessions, hui, or outreach to the community, you will need to be fully vaccinated.

How much time will the project take up?

The project will last for around 10 weeks and will comprise about 40 hours of time. We know that you are busy with life, study, and whaanau commitments so this project is designed to be a part-time job opportunity that runs alongside your normal life and will be conducted outside of uni/school hours.

You’ll find more info on dates and times by scrolling down.

Outside of the scheduled times that we will come together, the remainder of the hours will be time for you to research and meet with community groups to listen, understand, and record your findings. We will help you plan and decide how this is best done.

Who is running this project?

This project was initiated by CAYAD (Community Action on Youth and Drugs). CAYAD are a Ministry of Health contract that are housed in the Community and Social Innovation Unit at Auckland Council.

CAYAD was established in 1998 and is a national contract, with 21 sites across the motu. Their focus is on increasing wellbeing and protective factors so that alcohol and other drugs don’t become a pervasive influence in the lives of young people. Movement, exercise, and community are all important protective factors, and this project is focusing on how that can be done for gender diverse youth. A huge driver of this project is to provide Rainbow young people with work experience, connection to their community, and access to new opportunities that they can use in their life for years to come.

Alongside their friends at Community Think , CAYAD are leading and funding this project. The Kaimahi involved are a mix of gender diverse and cisgender people who come from a variety of diverse backgrounds and specialise in working with and for young people. You can learn more about them on the Who We Are page.

How do I apply?

You can apply at this link.

We are keen to know a bit about who you are and why this opportunity is something you’d like to be part of.

You might have lots of questions or be keen to understand more about what this is all about. The people who look after you (like your parent or aunty) might also have some questions too. If you’d like to get in touch, you can send us an email at [email protected].

If you are keen to participate but may have some concerns or challenges to participating, reach out. We will do our best to help you.

You will need to be able to attend all the sessions below to participate:

 DateTimes & location 

Session 1 –

“Getting to know who you are”

Saturday 26th February

10 – 4,
West Auckland

The programme begins with a full day workshop where people:
- Get to know each other
- Scope the project
- Identify our strengths and where there are gaps as a team

Session 2 –

“How to run a workshop/focus group/listening campaign”

Saturday 5th March

10 – 4
West Auckland
  A tailored workshop to provide the skills required for working with people as researchers.

We will identify questions we need to ask and places at which to gather our data.

Support Session 1

Wednesday 16th March

6 – 7 pm (Zoom)

Keeping on track – checking in around our progress

Support Session 2

Wednesday 30th March

6-7 pm (Zoom)

Keeping on track – checking in around our progress

Support Session 3

Wednesday 13th April

6-7 pm (Zoom)

Keeping on track – checking in around our progress

Meaning Making

Thursday 21st April
(school holidays)

10 – 4
West Auckland

Participants (and perhaps others involved in the data gathering) analyse and categorise the findings/results and test back to the trans and gender diverse community.

Closing Party

Saturday 7th May


A celebration of all we’ve done and how far we have come!