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Exploring, growing, relating

Here’s a great reminder of what Big Buddies do best, from the 2016 archives:  A year is a long time in a 13-year-old boy’s life and a lot can happen. Especially if you are LB Mikaere and go on all sorts of adventures around Wellington with BB Tony. Here’s a report from the mentoring field …

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Chess lessons mirror mentoring lessons

As mentors help their Little Buddies grow into young men, it’s not surprising that they sometimes surprise their mentors with the lessons they’ve been quietly absorbing. Big Buddy Richard Stoks  recounts once such example a couple of years ago. “After 4 years of insisting he’d beat me one day, and after a momentary lapse of …

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Andrew McFadden Big Buddy Hamilton

Our man in Hamilton

Please help us welcome our new Hamilton coordinator, Andrew McFadden, to Big Buddy. We’ve worked long and hard towards expanding the programme,so it’s very exciting to have Andrew on board! Andrew is married to Joanne and is a father to three children. Originally from Australia, he now calls New Zealand home and has lived in …

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A wealth of activities for Wiremu

Match update from LB mum, Candice: “Just sending through some pics of my son Wiremu (8) and his BB Sam [matched in June 2015]. Wiremu has benefited so much from having Sam to do stuff with, invite to school activities and sports events, birthday parties/celebrations and just to hang out with. Big Buddy is an …

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Karate and Big Buddy milestone meet

A note from proud mum Nicola A very proud and special Big/Little Buddy moment on Tuesday 1st December not only for these two but also as a mum. Jordyn was sitting his very intense karate grading (2.5 hrs) this week and his Big Buddy Jeremy, who is very encouraging and supportive in his karate, was …

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Great fishing mates

Matched since Sept 2011, LB Antony and his BB Jeff are great fishing mates. Here’s a pic of Antony with the one that didn’t get away on their latest trip at Papa Aroha on the Coromandel. Antony’s mum, Angela, says they often have adventures like this. “Antony really enjoyed his trip and can’t wait to …

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Celia Lashlie’s posthumous book launch

Last night, BB CEO Richard Aston and Ruth Kerr attended the launch of the 10th anniversary edition of Celia Lashlie’s ground-breaking book ‘He’ll Be OK’. The new book includes lots of practical advice for mothers around raising their boys to become “good, loving, articulate men”. It was humbling to watch an interview by investigative journalist …

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Freemasons Whiskey tasting fundraiser night

They’ve done it again! When Freemasons promise support, they deliver and we are very grateful for their loyalty. Wellington’s Empire Fergusson Lodge raised $16,085 last week at their annual whiskey tasting evening and we are hopeful this amount will be matched by the Freemason’s Charity. Over the last five years the lodge and charity have …

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Fergs Day Out in Wellington

“Last Sunday six Wellington Big Buddies and their Little Buddies dusted off the disappointment of the Hurricanes narrow defeat in the Super XV final and ventured into Fergs Kayaks to try their hand at some rock climbing. Some Little Buddy’s were experienced campaigners whereas it was a first for others. Nonetheless, all of the boys …

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LB happier in just one month

Although they have only been partnered a month LB Mikaere (12) and his BB Tony’s relationship has already made a significant impact. The two have been on a few outings together, spending weekends having adventures and learning new and exciting skills. Learning how to snorkel at the local pools, in the hopes of building up …

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