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Duncan Matthews – General Manager 

Hi, I’m Duncan, the General Manager at Rainbow Youth.

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, and am currently a Product Manager for Localist.

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 Rainbow Youth a few times before finally having the courage to walk in! Having been involved with RY for 4 years now, I’m so happy I did. Rainbow Youth 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! Rainbow Youth has an amazing bunch of volunteers and staff behind it, each of whom has made me a better person for knowing them.

Some of my focuses for 2013/14 are: an Auckland Pride Centre, expanding our Education program, and increasing our sustainable funding to make sure RY is still here for the generations to come.

Have any ideas? Comments? Get in touch!

Email me on duncan@rainbowyouth.org.nz, or find me on LinkedIn: Duncan Matthews.



Screen Shot 2013-07-03 at 11.13.11 PMKestin Stewart- Education Coordinator

Hiya peeps! I’m Kestin, the Education Coordinator for Rainbow Youth. I’ve been involved with the organisation for a long time, around 5 years or so now. It was my main support system when I started transition and was the place where I gained much of my confidence and life skills. Whilst I was a volunteer, I was at times a facilitator for ID and G.I.Q and from 09-11 I also took on the position of Secretary on the board.

A large proportion of my volunteer time at RY was as a shared story representative, where I would give my coming out story and answer questions (of which I have done, literally hundreds of times).

I am very passionate about the education we do here at Rainbow Youth and I think its some of our most important work. Our Affirming Diversity workshop tackles such topics as sexual orientation, homophobia, the coming out process and gender identity, I’ve often found that even if someone isn’t personally affected by these issues, they usually know or are related to someone who it does. So the knowledge they gain from the workshop helps them better understand and support those around them and creates more positive environments. If you’d like to get in touch to talk about delivering our Affirming Diversity workshop at your school or workplace, you can contact me at: kestin.stewart@rainbowyouth.org.nz


meToni Duder- Digital Content & Social Media 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 stuff that goes on at Rainbow Youth and Curious.

I’ve been an out lesbian since I was 15, and it’s been a bumpy but very rewarding road. Rainbow Youth 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 Rainbow Youth, I study Screen Writing honours at the University of Auckland. 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.

If you aren’t sick of my words yet, check out my twitter.

Paul PhotoPaul Stevens- Fundraising Coordinator 

I first wandered into the Rainbow Youth drop-in centre before I even knew anyone out, after I no longer felt welcome at my church. I was welcomed with open arms and I now feel very blessed to be a part of this thriving community of fantastic people and even to call it my day job.

As Fundraising Coordinator I am behind the scenes making sure we have enough incoming to keep the lights on, and to fulfill much needed programmes and projects. Rainbow Youth is always expanding and the more we get in via grants and donations the more we are able to achieve in the community.

I am also an aspiring Art Teacher, studying at AUT. I have a passion for creativity and my wide-ranging interests are evidenced by a book collection larger than my wall space (or wallet) can handle!

To get in touch email me at: paul@rainbowyouth.org.nz

AYCH2Aych McArdle-  Projects and Events Coordinator 

Coming soon….. :)




What we mean when we say queer

A reclaimed word that represents sexuality and gender diversity. We use it to encompass lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, fa'afafine, and takataapui identities, as well as everyone in between and not sure. This word is used by many people, but it is also appreciated that it is not the preferred term for everybody.

What we mean when we say trans*

Rainbow Youth uses the word 'trans*' as an umbrella term for gender-diverse people, including for example; whakawahine, tangata ira tane, FtM, MtF, transsexual, fa'afafine, transgender, whakawahine, transmen, transwomen, akava'ine, leiti, genderqueer and gender-neutral people.