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Rawa Karetai




Phone: 027-539-2426

Role Description: 

The Youth representative is the person who takes responsibility for the direction of the Youth portfolio within RW. The role might involve:

  • investigating topics or
  • reporting at the monthly RW Board meetings about the best action for the RW Board to take or
  • implementing a strategy relevant to Youth LGBTIA issues agreed to by the Board or
  • representing the RW Board at events for Local Government, Central Government, Rainbow Wellington other organisation or
  • co-ordinating Youth LGBTIA issues within the RW membership or
  • monitoring Rainbow support services within the Greater Wellington Region or
  • assisting RW membership to access Youth LGBTIA entitlements

Bio: Kabel has been working in LGBTIQ youth support for the last nine years. This started with the running of a high school support group and went onto founding a community based LGBTIQ support group and drop in centre in Nelson. After moving to Wellington in 2011, Kabel quickly got involved in the local LGBTIQ support groups here as a youth worker for a number of years before becoming the chairperson of a new collaborative initiative between four Wellington youth support groups. Kabel has also had a lot of experience in LGBTIQ events production and has been involved in running large variety of community events for a number of years. From pride festivals to balls, from weddings to fundraisers. Kabel is currently working for a not for profit organisation that administers small grants to LGBTIQ support groups and is also coordinating with leaders from across the country to develop cultural competency frameworks for mainstream services like mental health care, to better LGBTIQ access to those services.

Goals for 2015: To come

Constitutional Obligations: 

Welfare Representatives positions (3) shall (one Trans*, one Youth and one Elderly):

  1. Be jointly responsible for the Welfare portfolio;
  2. Be jointly responsible for overseeing all matters involving welfare including the investigating, actioning, monitoring and reporting of welfare issues and services in the wellington region;
  3. Be jointly responsible for representing the Rainbow Wellington Executive and the interests of members by representing Rainbow Wellington on any appropriate Local Government Authority, Central Government Authority, Rainbow Wellington or national body, forum or committee;
  4. Be jointly responsible for overseeing the coordination and writing of welfare policy of the Rainbow Wellington Executive;
  5. Promote, publicise and coordinate issues of welfare with other members of Rainbow Wellington Executive and other members;
  6. Coordinate the organisation of activities relevant to their portfolio, such as theme weeks;
  7. Be harassment contact persons;
  8. Monitor all Rainbow Community support services provided to the Greater Wellington Region, including Health and Counselling Services;
  9. Assist members in getting in touch with entitlement advocates to Income Support, grants, and loans, and give support in any other areas of fees, loans, and allowances that members may need;
  10. Work on issues related to the nature of all gender members;
  11. Ensure that in other areas of work of the Executive and Association there is representation of all sexes;
  12. Ensure the continuation and development of support groups and activities in Wellington for at risk rainbow community members.
  13. Ensure that there is adequate national liaison on welfare issues;
  14. Ensure there is adequate liaison with the members concerning their activities; and
  15. Report at an ordinary meeting of the Executive once a month on matters that have arisen of interest to the Executive and of matters dealt to by the Welfare Representatives.