Our Staff


The Counties Manukau West Team

Colleen O'Brien | Youth Worker


Colleen holds a Bachelor of Social Work degree and brings and joined Genesis Youth Trust in 2016. Colleen brings her experience of working in other agencies with youth at risk to her role with Genesis.



Su'e Masina | Youth Worker


Su'e holds a Certificate in Performance Arts, Advanced Certificate in Performance Arts, and Certificate in Christian Ministries. Su'e has been with Genesis Youth Trust since 2015 and brings his love of performing arts to his work with young people.



The Counties Manukau South Team

Geovanni Apulu | Social Worker


Geovanni originally came to Genesis as a student placement and is delighted to join the Papakura team as a Social Worker after gaining his Bachelor of Social Work degree.

Jonathan Phillips | Youth Worker


After previously working with Genesis and taking a break from Youth Work, Jonathan returned to Genesis Youth Trust in 2016. Jonathan holds a National Certificate in Maori and is working towards his Batchelor of Social Practice.



The Auckland East Team

Tai Brown | Youth Worker


Tai holds a Batchelor of Social Practice and is the Tongan representative for the Auckland City Police Pacifica Advisory Board. Tai brings a wealth of experience to his role and enjoys working with youth in the Glen Innes area.

Richard Takapautolo | Child Case Manager

Richard holds a Bachelor of Social Practice and is currently completing a Post Graduate Degree in Supervision. Like other staff working in Glen Innes, Richard benefits from a strong relationship with Youth Aid in the area to provide support for young people in the area.


Vivienne Kapua | Social Worker

Vivienne holds a Bachelor of Social work, a Bachelor of Arts and a Certificate Business Admin. Vivienne has been with Genesis Youth Trust since 2015 and brings a wealth of experience working with young people in South Auckland.

The Mentoring Team

William Puiri | Youth Mentor


William holds a Certificate in Sports & Recreation, Diploma in Sports & Recreation, Degree in Hospitality Management and a Level 4 Certificate in Youth Work. William has been with Genesis Youth Trust since 2015 and loves his Youth Mentoring role.


Temple Paora | Youth Mentor


Temple joined Genesis in 2017 having previously been a Genesis team member a number of years ago. He brings experience, energy and a passion for working with young people to his mentoring role.