Our Mission

To provide a comprehensive Christian Social service to the city of Tauranga with a specific emphasis on supporting Young people and their families. We work collaboratively with other social services to be able to provide the best outcomes for our community.

What we do

Through the services we offer, we are able to create a program of support for each presenting situation. Our Social Services team will meet with you to discuss the best program to support your needs. While most of our services are contracted to Government agencies, we are also available to the Community and are happy to discuss how we can assist you. Contact our office for further information.

Latest News

See below for the latest ImpacTauranga newsletters and updates.

Who we are

ImpacTauranga is a non-profit organisation operating through the Tauranga Christian Community Trust. We work to support vulnerable Youth and their Families in the Tauranga region.

This work was started in 1991 when Pastor Russell Turner and a team of dedicated young people wanted to help their peers and support them through this sometimes difficult period in their life. 

While the original work of ImpacTauranga was Drug-Arm (now successfully operating as an independent ministry called Street Help - Get Smart), ImpacTauranga itself has grown into four services supporting youth and their families:

Arndt House – residential care for 12- 16 year old young people 

Tauranga Youth Academy – a full secondary academic program for young people excluded from main stream education.

Impact mentoring – a 52 hour one-on-one support program for young people needing extra support and a positive role model.

Youth and Family Support services – Mentoring, Life Coaching, transition to independence training for young people, and Family/Parenting advice and strategic coaching to restore family health. 

Our board

The Tauranga Christian Community Trust board is governed by 6 trustees, 3 of which were part of the founding board, and are still actively involved in the development of the service.

ImpacTauranga has an excellent team of qualified staff who work tirelessly to provide the best possible outcomes for our community.

Russell Turner

(Founding trustee)

Director. Russell is the founder of Impactauranga and continues to be the Director today. His passion is to create an environment where young people can develop their life and succeed in their chosen field of endeavour. He also has a great burden for Families which he believes are the fabric of society. He has four adult sons and eleven grandchildren.

John Donald

(Founding trustee)

Board Member. John is a successful business man and accountant and has been part of Impactauranga from the beginning. His expertise has helped guide the program to this present day. He has a burden for education and was the founding Chairman of Bethlehem College. He is the Chairman of the Tauranga Christian Community Trust. He is married to Betty and they have three adult children, seven grandchildren and one great grand son

Nynette Martin

(Founding trustee)

Manager. Nynette has been part of the development of Impactauranga from the beginning and is a critical part in its day to day operation. She began the Youth Academy, and has subsequently achieved her Bachelor in Social Work degree and is a registered Social Worker. She now Manages all the social services of Impactauranga. She is married to Geof.

Stuart Nightingale

Stuart was raised in Tauranga and after a significant absence returned in 2008 along with his wife Te Amorangi and their three children. Stuart and Te Amorangi are also joined by two whängai children who they have cared for over the past seven years. Stuart is a Police Inspector in the Bay of Plenty and has been with this organisation for over 30 years. He is presently the Professional Police Conduct Manager for the Bay of Plenty.

Des Short

Des is the founder and Principal of Faith Bible College. He has a doctorate theological studies. He brings a wealth of experience and spiritual insight to the team and is a valued Board member. He is married to Carly and they have three adult Children and six grandchildren.

Vicki Turner

Vicki is an academic who gained her PHD in Political Science at Melbourne University. She has lectured at Universities in  Asia and Australia. Her passion is to see excellence in education and to see all young people receive opportunity to succeed in their life. Her contribution to Impactauranga is invaluable. Vicki is married with 3 young children.

Interested in supporting us?

You can sponsor a ‘Ruff’ from as little as $120.00 for a year. 

A little goes a long way to helping our youth and families needing support.

Want to get in touch?

Do you have any questions about who we are or anything we do? We'd love to hear from you, especially if you need support or advice.

Check out pictures of ImpacTauranga in action below. 

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