Krista is the founder of Live for More, but on a day-to-day basis she is now a mum as well as the Executive Director part-time. She is passionate about seeing Live for More thrive and grow as an organisation. Krista was previously the Youth Clinician at Live for More for six years and thoroughly enjoyed doing the 1-1 clinical work with the young men, 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 rangatahi building healthy relationships and rapport outside of the four walls of an office. She is passionate about seeing people find freedom in life. 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 a founding member of Surf Therapy Aotearoa, which was established in 2021. Krista lives in Arataki with her husband Jared and their daughter Praise.
Toni-Lee is born and bred Tauranga Moana and has been involved with Live For More since the beginning, supporting in various roles, including on the Board as a Trustee. As a Chartered Accountant, she has worked in various accounting roles for nearly 10 years. Over her career she has been recognised for her natural leadership, analytical eye and hard-working attitude. She has seen some of the many incredible transformations and amazing work that Live For More has done over the years and is passionate about supporting and being a part of the continuation of that journey into the future, working specifically in her trained space.
Ko Maungarahi me Puketoi nga maunga
Ko Wairarapa te moana
Ko Ruamahanga me Owahanga nga awa
Ko Kurahaupo te waka
Ko Whatonga te rangatira o runga
Ko Rangitāne tōku iwi
Ko Hinetearorangi me Te Hika o Pāpāuma ōku hapū
Ko Hurunui-o-rangi me Pāpāuma ōku marae
Ko Anaru tōku whānau
Otira, ka whakapapa ahau ki Kōtirana me Ingarihi
Ko Jason Robertson tōku ingoa.
Jason was born in Oamaru, grew up in Waverley, went to boarding school at Palmerston North Boys High School, and worked in Whanganui for 10 years before moving to Tauranga Moana. He has lived in Tauranga for 25+ years and loves it here. Jason has an engineering (fitter and turner) and farming background and experience in a variety of other areas. He has been working with young people for over 25 years both in community services and church contexts. He has a degree in counselling, post grad cert. in Addictions/Health Science, diploma in Suicide Intervention and Prevention. He is an Accredited DAPAANZ Supervisor and Registered DAPAANZ Practitioner. Before joining Live for More, Jason has worked in Kaupapa Māori Mental Health and Addictions with rangatahi for 8 years and then provided supervision and education to mental health and addictions kaimahi for almost 3 years.
Jason is married and has 4 children (22, 19, 16 & 13) and has a strong relationship with God.
When he’s not at work, Jason likes to keep fit and healthy; he enjoys watching movies, sleeping, and hanging out with friends and whanau. More recently Jason has started to enjoy hunting for pig and deer and is a bit of a “car guy”.
One of his main passions is helping people work through issues that are stopping them enjoying life and fulfilling their potential.
He aha te mea nui o te ao? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata
What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people.
Megan joined the Live for More team after spending over six years as a leader in the retail sector. In the past few years, Megan has developed a huge passion for advocating the importance of mental health and wellbeing. This passion saw her spearhead several wellbeing projects in her previous retail-based roles and has ultimately drawn her away from retail and into to working at Live for More. She is a very detail-oriented person and is fuelled by a passion to see continuous improvement in herself and those around her.
When she’s not at work, Megan can be found spending time with her partner Shannon, enjoying some good kai, and playing guitar in her church band. Megan was born in Hamilton but has called the Bay of Plenty home for most of her life. She lives in Te Puke and thinks it’s the best town on earth.
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.
Over the last 10 years Lily has spent time working with young people in mentorship and pastoral roles as well as managing and leading teams. She loves working in a team setting and is passionate about seeing young people thrive. She is married to Kurt and has a beautiful daughter, Goldie. Lily was born and bred in Whangaparāoa, Auckland. They have only recently moved to the Bay and are loving it. Any time they are not at work, you can find them on the beach, in the water or spending time with friends and family.
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 and daughter Praise.
Annericke was born in Bloemfontein, South Africa. She immigrated to New Zealand with her family in 2001. Annericke has always had a passion for creating a safe and supportive space for people to share their stories, to gain freedom from what holds them back in life and to empower them to live a life that honours their greatest potential. After finishing college, she studied theology through Life Leadership College, after which she served as a youth pastor in Auckland for four years. During this time she completed her bachelors and postgraduate diploma in Health Science (psychology). Annericke recently earned a Masters degree in Health Science (psychology) through studying the effectiveness of Live For More’s Tai Wātea programme to increase participants’ psychosocial functioning (spoiler alert: her research findings were exceedingly positive!). Her research can be found here. Annericke has a keen interest in group therapy processes, therapeutic communities, and outdoor-based interventions for young people who need psychological support but are difficult to reach and retain. She is currently aiming to register and work as a psychologist