Young Workers Resource Centre



The Young Workers' Resource Centre (YWRC) is dedicated to supporting rangitahi through meaningful employment experiences through employment education workshops.

Founded on 2nd September 1993, our primary objective is to provide education, information and assistance to young people about workplace issues. Our vision is for young people to be empowered in the workplace in a way that enhances well-being, fosters understanding and creates positive change in workplace relationships.

If you would like to donate to the Young Workers’ Resource Centre please


To achieve the wonderful work they do, the YWRC is made up a committee of 10 volunteers and two paid, full-time staff members:

The Centre can offer expert advice and support on:

  •  Employment Agreements
  • Minimum Legal Requirements (including Minimum Rights and Employment Legislation)
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Discrimination (Human Rights)
  • Health and Safety
  • Workplace Unions

The YWRC visits high schools, private training establishments and other community sites to provide some or all of the following: a range of workshops on employment rights and obligations; resources and additional information; and a referral service. We also deliver workshops on employment-related unit standards under NZQA. Our service area encompasses the greater Waikato, King Country, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions.

The Young Workers Resource Centre are also proud Living Wage Employers.


The Growing Pay Gap: Why It’s So Wrong

The Growing Pay Gap: Why It’s So Wrong

In her early 20s Sue Moroney worked for a trade union, where she got involved in workers’ and women’s rights and it was at that time she joined the NZ Labour Party. She was elected to Parliament as a List MP for Labour in 2005, and in her first term of Parliament was promoted to the role of Junior Government Whip. Sue has just served […]
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Christina Couling: A Rant on… Poverty and Stuff

Christina Couling: A Rant on… Poverty and Stuff

YWRC columnist Christina Couling is a former member of the YWRC board, a union organiser, as well as a fierce and passionate advocate for those in need. We're bringing you Christina's rants on a monthly basis in the name of starting conversations, and creating a safe space to have those conversations. Enjoy! ______________________________________________________________________________ Let’s talk about poverty and New Zealand’s appalling judgmental attitudes towards those […]
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Unemployment: A Silent Genocide

Unemployment: A Silent Genocide

Zanian Steele is the current Business Manager for the Young Workers Resource Centre. With a background in teaching employment relations and having worked in Human Resources, Zanian has interviewed hundreds of prospective employees for both office, and trades based work. He has a broad knowledge of the local Labour Market, and has experience placing long term unemployed and former criminal offenders into employment.  -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- The […]
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