Duncan Matthews – General Manager
Hi, I’m Duncan, the General Manager at RainbowYOUTH.
I started out life down in the Waikato, got a Bachelor of Computing and Mathematical Sciences from Waikato University, moved to Auckland to be a software developer.
My passion is working with other people, helping people to achieve what they’re capable of, and constantly learning about anything and everything.
Like many other people, I walked past the door to RainbowYOUTH a few times before finally having the courage to walk in! Having been involved with RY for 6 years now, I’m so happy I did. RainbowYOUTH is an amazing organisation, not only for what it achieves in the community, in schools and nationally, but in the way 10 young peers can come together and govern an organisation of this size.
As GM, I get to work closely with each other person you see on this page. If you get the chance to work with or make friends with any one of them, take it! RainbowYOUTH has an amazing bunch of volunteers and staff behind it, each of whom has made me a better person for knowing them.
Have any ideas? Comments? Get in touch!
Aych McArdle – Education Director
Kia Ora! I’m Aych, the Education Director at RainbowYOUTH. My responsibilities include training our educators, coordinating workshops with schools, organizing professional development courses and overseeing the strategic development of our education programme. I’m very lucky to work with such a great team!
I have recently completed my Masters of Art and Design from AUT. My thesis explored the power of collaborative arts practice in generating self-representational narratives of gender diverse people in Auckland’s rainbow spaces. I also have a keen interest in the language we use to describe our queer and gender diverse identities. I presented a paper to the Perspectives on Progress 2013 conference on the use of gender neutral language in mainstream news media.
Outside of work and study I can be found drinking lots of tea (actually, I drink quite a lot of tea at work!) and getting up to some sort of creative mischief.
If you are interested in getting involved in our education programme as an educator, shared experience representative or having us visit your school or workplace drop me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Toni Duder – Communications Manager
Here’s how I typically like to introduce myself: I’m a writer, poet, Gryffindor, equal rights junkie and a cat lover. I am in charge of all the internet, communications and event promotion stuff that goes on at RainbowYOUTH. I also am the project manager and creator of RY’s I’m Local Project.
I’ve been an out lesbian since I was 15, and it’s been a bumpy but very rewarding road. RainbowYOUTH was always an organisation I knew of and if I had had a little more guts, I would have been at the drop-in centre all the time. Now I’m privileged to call it my place of employment.
Outside of my work at RainbowYOUTH, I’ve got my Masters in screenwriting at the University of Auckland and try and get as many stories out of my head as possible. I’ve been living in Auckland since I was 13 and came down here from Dargaville to go to boarding school.
I am so excited to be part of an organisation that helps both out and questioning queer and trans* youth as well as their families, friends and schools.
Get in touch on my email: email@example.com
Chase Fox – Fundraising Coordinator
Best described as the queer Beavis and Butthead.
I was born and bred in in the cultural and actual capital of Aoteatora, Wellington. Entering the “Queer Community” at thirteen, I’ve been around the block a few times and been involved in tons of different projects, groups and activities – from support groups, to activism, to all the paperwork that keeps everything going. Outside of queer stuff, I navigated activism around youth, disability, sex work and more, as well as leading roles in Cadets, Youth Councils and community theatres.
All of that experience comes into play in my role as Fundraising Coordinator – colloquially, “The Money Man”. Spending 4+ years navigating funding from tiny local boards all the way up to Ministry of Social Development has given me a great range of skills that I hope to apply to the role and keep RainbowYOUTH rolling.
Outside of all the emails and forms of work, I’m a typical bogan boy – I like video games, cruising on my bike, writing a bit of terrible poetry, socializing, and spending waaaay too much time watching bad TV. I spent most of 2014 hitch-hiking, tramping and cycling around the North Island, couch surfing where I could and getting myself a whole lot of life experience in a short space of time, so settling down in Auckland is my next challenge for life.
Morgan Butler – Support Coordinator
Kia ora whānau, ko Morgan taku ingoa!
I’m the Support Coordinator for RainbowYOUTH, my role involves looking after the groups and interns, but also providing direct support to young people who contact RainbowYOUTH. I’ve nearly finished my diploma in Youth Work and am looking forward to using my skills in my job.
I was born in Australia but my whānau quickly moved to New Zealand when I was three. My New Zealand roots are from Ngāti Tūwharetoa, Tainui and Ngāpuhi. A lot of my whānau are involved with volunteering for many types of community, so I wanted to follow in their foot steps.
I lived in Hamilton for most of my life, and being a young queer I found out about a queer and trans* group called Waikato Queer Youth (WaQuY)! I started helping out and volunteering for WaQuY when I was 14, and that’s really what got me in to wanting to help out with our community. When I moved to Auckland to study I started volunteering for RY, and they say if you stick around enough people will start to pay you… What can I say, they started to pay me
Outside of work I have a cat named Alaska and she is beautiful and sassy. I live in West Auckland and I love it! I enjoy going to Muriwai, either for a swim or to take my cat for a walk on the beach. I enjoy watching the Kardashians, long car rides, finding new places to climb/swim, or just going to the Domain late at night and looking at the city lights.
If you want to know anymore, give me an email: firstname.lastname@example.org
My name is Tash and this is my first term on the RainbowYOUTH board. It’s amazing to have the opportunity to work amongst such amazing people toward the betterment of this incredibly important organisation.
I have lived in Auckland my whole life and I am currently in my final year of High School. I first became involved with RainbowYOUTH in 2013 when I began regularly attending one of the regional groups Queer4Shore, after a year or so I became a group facilitator.
The experiences and friendships that I gained through being a facilitator made me interested in getting involved with RainbowYOUTH as the organisation had had such an integral influence on my life, and I suppose that’s really why I am here today!
I’m Beth, and this is my first term on the Rainbow Youth board.
I’m 17 and in my last year of high school on the North Shore, where I attend one of Rainbow Youth’s regional groups. I was born in the UK and moved here with my family ten years ago. In my spare time I play the flute, read history and watch movies, and I can’t wait to start uni here in Auckland next year!
I’ve been involved with Rainbow Youth as a member for three years now, and the support and services Rainbow Youth offered as a young teenager changed my life. I’m overjoyed to be working with an organisation that offers so much to so many young people in New Zealand and to which I personally owe so much. I’m in awe of all the incredible work I’ve seen thus far and I can’t wait to keep working with some of these fantastic people for years to come.