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.


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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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Christina Couling: A Rant on… NZ Housing

Christina Couling: A Rant on… NZ Housing

Brand new 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'll be 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! ______________________________________________________________________________ Are you a human? Do you want to live […]
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Jo Wrigley is standing for the Green Party Aotearoa as the candidate in the Hamilton West Electorate, having developed an appetite for positive change and a healthy and sustainable future. An active voice in her community, Jo advocates for beneficiaries and people on low incomes, rainbow issues, secure housing, accessible public transport and the union movement. Jo is a proud FIRST Union member, and since joining […]
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