The Māori word Ngāwai translates to ‘many waters’. We aim to ensure our tamariki and rangatahi are equipped to ride the many waters of life.
The name connects back to Directors, Ant & Cherise Backhouse-Wilson, who live at Ngāwai Bay on the Ngātiwai coastline of Tai Tokerau, and reflects their love of the water and their passion for surfing, kayaking and fishing.
The word Ngāwai identifies with the many waters our young people have to navigate in life. Sometimes they are rough, sometimes they are calm, but water always flows as it moves along many directions and pathways towards its destination.
Here at Ngāwai Enterprises we aim to ensure our young people are equipped to ride the many waters of life by helping organisations that serve our tamariki and rangatahi to be the best that they can be.
Our Ngāwai Consultancy services and Ngāwai Champions programmes offer a unique approach to supporting our next generation.
We provide positive solutions and mana enhancing programmes to the youth and education sectors. We have a range of personalised services that are customised to suit your organisation or school.
Helping you add value to your kaupapa, through strategic planning, professional development, and management support.
Our service is tailored to your needs.
Mana enhancing programmes
for tamariki and rangatahi, through two 10 session programmes,
Learning to Stand
Riding the Wave.
An online store to support young people and pay it forward.
Proceeds are used to assist other young people into our programmes at a reduced cost.
Our passion is better outcomes for young people. Contact us to discuss how Ngāwai Enterprises can work with you to help your tamariki and rangatahi along their journey.
Ngāwai has many stories to tell
And it is here that you will find a collection of our stories. As the Ngāwai programmes begin, we'll bring you updates here. Our purpose is to change the narrative for tamariki and rangatahi who may otherwise slip behind. You're welcome to join us on our waka, as we navigate the many waters of our journey, alongside the youth in our programmes.