about us

A group of former South Auckland kids and those with ties to the community has set up The Rising Foundation to assist at-risk-youth to develop to their full potential.

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The Rising Foundation believes in “Unlocking Your Potential”. We apply this to every young adult and we have seen first-hand how a sustained programme of intervention, prevention and support works.


  • The Dream is to take The Rising nationwide in consultation with schools and communities in areas where there is an identified need.
  • The programme will be adapted to suit the specific needs of each community, under the stewardship of John Bongard, Rising Foundation Board of Trustees, and Social Worker and General Manager Alex Tarrant, who have a clear vision of what it will take to succeed.
  • The Foundation plans to train people to implement the programme and over time, unlock and direct the incredible potential in all New Zealand youth, regardless of the challenges they face.