Team

Krista Dixon

Krista is the founder of Live for More, but on a day-to-day basis she is the Youth Clinician. She enjoys doing the 1-1 clinical work with the young men and supporting them to become the best versions of themselves. Krista has been surfing since she was 14 years old and is a passionate surfer. She loves and believes in the power of surf therapy as she has seen so many lives transformed and saved over the years. She also sees the benefits of building healthy relationships and rapport outside of the four walls of an office. Krista has a degree in Psychology from UCSB and a post-graduate certificate in Drug and Alcohol Studies from the Auckland University. She has been a registered DAPAANZ Drug and Alcohol Clinician since 2010. Krista has previously worked at a residential youth rehab, as well as a drug and alcohol counsellor. She is passionate about seeing people find freedom in life. Krista is married to her husband Jared and enjoys working alongside him at Live for More.

Aisha Te Kani

Aisha was born and raised right here in Tauranga Moana! She is passionate about people and most especially seeing them realize their true potential and their own passion for life. Her own life experiences and training as a counsellor encourage and empower others and so she enjoys motivational speaking as well as spending quality time with family and friends. Having previously worked as a general counsellor for many years, Aisha understands that each person is on their own unique journey and she is glad to be part of a team that embraces this for young men who deserve to be heard, understood and accepted for the journey that they are each on too.

Dave de Graaf

Dave was born in South Africa but immigrated to New Zealand as a teenager so now is Kiwi as! He lives in Arataki, Mt Maunganui, with his wife Debs and their three tamariki Zach, Johan and Ana! Dave loves surfing and the beach and spending time with family and friends! After studying engineering, Dave joined the NZ Air force as an engineering officer, leading technical maintenance teams, moving onto other engineering and management roles outside of the Air force. He has also spent time volunteering abroad with his wife in the informal settlements of South Africa and South-East Asia. Dave is passionate about seeing people grow and develop and loves seeing teams thrive and having fun along the way!

Sean McGuinniety

Sean is of Ngā Puhi and English/Scottish decent. He grew up in his early childhood in the rural Māori community of Takahiwai, 30 minutes south of Whangarei and moved to Auckland at the age of 12 with his Mum Josephine and older brother James. He now lives in Pāpāmoa, with his wife Whitney and son Hawaiki. He is an energetic and enthusiastic person who has 12+ years of experience in youth leadership and mentorship. He also served in the NZ Army for 3 years as a Supply Technician based out of the Linton Military Camp in Palmerston North. His highlights were playing representative rugby and travelling overseas on support missions to Tonga and Samoa for the 2009 Tsunami Relief operation. He also has a Level 3 Certificate in Group Fitness from the Queensland Academy of Fitness. Sean seeks to be a positive role model and mentor for rangatahi, that they might empowered to dream BIG, achieve their goals and fulfil their potential. He enjoys sport, travelling and spending time with family and friends.

Jared Dixon

Ko Mauao te maunga
Ko Tauranga te moana
Ko Takitimu te waka
Ko Ngāti Ranginui te iwi
Ko Ngai te Ahi te hapu
Ko Hairini te marae
Ko Jared Whakatana Dixon toku ingoa

Jared is the youth mentor at Live for More Charitable Trust. He is of Māori decent, born in Tauranga and raised in Otahuhu, South Auckland. He is the second eldest sibling in his family, with one older sister and four younger brothers. Jared went through the Tai Wātea surf therapy programme at Live for More in 2018 and has completely turned his life around since. Before joining the programme at Live for More, Jared spent six years in prison and was heavily caught up in crime, drugs and gangs. Jared now has a big heart for helping the young men at Live for More who have been brought up in the same lifestyle as he was. He now loves surfing and helping others break away from the negative lifestyle he once knew, using his own life experiences and past to motivate others, showing them that change IS possible. He works alongside Tai Wātea graduates and supports them to keep working towards their goals. Jared loves all sorts of sports, physical education, being active and keeping fit. Jared lives in Arataki, Mount Maunganui with his wife Krista.