She has been involved with A Girl Called Hope since 2004, and in 2006 accepted the offer to lead the process of establishing the residential wellbeing programme in Auckland. Passionate about building strength and resilience in young women, she finds it a privilege to walk alongside so many who are seeking change for themselves and the generations they will impact.
A Girl Called Hope is overseen by a local Board of Trustees, comprised of business professionals from both corporate and non–profit sectors.
Committed to upholding programme integrity and passionate about equipping others to live in freedom, Makerita leads our team of dedicated practitioners. Her role focuses on day to day oversight of our Wellbeing Programmes. Leading a multi-disciplinary team calls on Makerita's skills and experience from study at Laidlaw College, business management, ministry in the Vineyard movement and specialist training in therapeutic work. She has facilitated Criminogenics rehabilitation programmes and then trained and worked in Family Therapy with a leading NGO, engaging young people with severe conduct disorder as well as their ecology. Born in Samoa and raised in South Auckland, Makerita has a great sense of humour and loves all things rugby.
Community & Events
Staff and Volunteer Roles
This role is for the development of our community initiatives with a focus on the Shine & Strength community courses run through schools and community groups.
Care of our Volunteers is also an important part of this role.
Events & Fundraising
As a not-for-profit this role is vital to the continuing work of A Girl Called Hope.
They are responsible for coordinating fundraising opportunities and events to raise awareness and increase financial support for our ongoing work.
Communication is important to us and this role is responsible for implementing communications through a variety of mediums.
Wellbeing Coach and Course Facilitator
Our wellbeing coach meets regularly with those on the Pathways to Hope programme. Together they formulate an individual tailored pathway for their wellbeing goals and work on building skills and strategies to meet these.
As one of our key wellbeing skills course facilitators she also brings experience to our team in writing course material and working alongside the course participants seeking change in their lives.
She holds a Bachelor of Social Work from Massey University and a Practicing Certificate with the Social Workers Registration Board.
Short Courses Assistant
Our Short Course Assistant looks after the daily logistics of all our courses. This includes meal preparation, the coordination of transport and all administration for participants.
Dedicated to create a welcoming environment, and with a wide-range of skills in administration and hospitality, she is ideally suited to working alongside those attending our short courses.
Our Counsellors all hold a suitable qualification (Degree or Diploma level) and current membership in an appropriate national professional body (eg. NZ Christian Counsellors Association (NZCCA) or NZAC (NZ Association of Counsellors). Weekly individual counselling is provided either in-person or online.