Making positive differences in the lives of young people and their families


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Steve Deakin

As a professional counsellor for the past 20 years specialising in the area of violence prevention, Steve has worked in schools, within the community and for nonprofit organisations, as a counsellor, facilitator and trainer.

Steve’s passion is motivating young people to realise their potential. He is an involved father of three, drawing on much of his own life experience to assist the many and varied clients who come to ChangeWorks.

Anihera Tahu-Hepworth ~ (Dip. Counselling)

Anihera has worked with ChangeWorks for the past 6 years as a Facilitator of ChangeWorks Behavioural Change programmes in schools.

Two years ago Anihera joined us as a Counsellor to also work individually with children, teenagers and adults.

Anihera is Maori of Ngati Porou and Tuhoe descent and also whakapapa’s back to England and Scotland.


 ChangeWorks was formed in 2006 by Steve Deakin and Ron Hepworth with the specific intention of developing a community organisation which could work collaboratively alongside both government and non-government organisations, providing special programmes to help young men and women to develop skilled, positive long term relationships within their communities, their families and themselves. ChangeWorks is dedicated to providing excellence in all areas of youth and family services. Our goal is for an ‘abuse-free community’. We have a team of trained counsellors, family therapists and community workers.

Andrew Shaw

Andrew is a registered social worker and member of the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW).  He has had a successful career as a Social Worker for more than twenty years.He joined Change Works as the School Programme in June 2012.

He brings experience ranging from Youth Work; Statutory Social Work in the areas of Child Protection and Youth Justice, seven years in Adult Mental Health working in both community and hospital based settings. Also brings Health promotion experience but is most excited about Rites of Passage work.

He has raised 3 children who are of Samoan and European ethnicity. As such he has a strong appreciation for celebrating the diversity and understands the need to be culturally responsive in both home life and in social work practice.

He is passionate about providing services that are truly responsive to people’s needs, and has enjoyed the challenges of influencing service development and encouraging staff to think and respond in ways that are helpful to the people they serve.