Who we are

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.

Rhion Munro

Kia ora, ko Rhion ahau, my pronouns are he/they and I am a CAYAD (Community Action on Youth and Drugs) Kaimahi. I whakapapa back to England, Scotland and Wales, and have lived in Aotearoa since I was in my tweens. I’m a transmasculine, non-binary person and I am passionate about improving health and social outcomes for young people who have diverse sexualities and genders. I live in West Auckland and love exploring the beautiful coast. I like to play music, dance, garden, travel, hang with my friends and whaanau, and help my community.

Raya Emery

Kia ora😊 Ko Raya tenei, he uri tenei no Ngatiwhatua ki Orakei, me Ngati Maniapoto. Hey! My names Raya, my pronouns are She/her and I am also a CAYAD Kaimahi in Tamaki Makaurau. I am Maori, and was born in a small town called Te awamutu but raised in Orakei, Auckland. I love cats, I love to game, I love kapa haka and singing, but one of my passions have always revolved around Rangatahi in supporting them in what ever way that looks like, so long as I knew that I was impacting and making a difference to their lives! So I am super excited to be a part of this  awesome project, to be able to support, learn grow, and contribute where I can 😊

Danny Kittner

Kia ora, Ko Danny tōku ingoa, my name is Danny, my pronouns are he/him and I am a CAYAD kaimahi here in Tamaki Makaurau. I am Pākehā, originally from Seattle, in the US, and have lived in New Zealand for nearly 10 years. I am thrilled to be a part of this project and to have the chance to support our rainbow community to explore what joyful movement looks like. A bit more about me – I live with my partner, sister and two dogs in Onehunga, have a love for photography and recently spent all my savings on a piano which I am slowly learning how to play.

Rhi Lennox

Kia ora! I’m Rhi and my pronouns are they/them. I’m Pākehā - I was born in England and moved to Aotearoa when I was 10. I’m really excited to be part of this project, and to connect with some wonderful rangatahi takatāpui! I work at Tāmaki Pātaka Kōrero/Central City Library, in Auckland Central. My team is focused on community programmes. I co-facilitate a couple of shared reading groups and a teen writing group; and I help out with some children’s programmes too. Outside of work, I love to read (surprise surprise) and tend to read a lot of queer YA fiction! I also love hiking, and singing - I recently joined GALS, Auckland’s rainbow choir.