"Empowering men and women towards the realisation of their full potential, strengths and function in the community"
Relationship breakdown creates the perception of isolation, and the feelings of isolation can lead to family violence, depression and suicide. The MATES Cafe APP and Programmes both help people out of isolation and empower their relationships for stronger communities. MATES Cafe "Bringing People Together"
AROHA "Expressing empathy, compassion and joy in all we do!" "Waikato as the Heart of New Zealand community exemplifying strong role-models for our children and a reduced burden of suicide, family violence and depression."
RESPECT: Honouring All
EMPATHY: Understanding and Compassion
PASSION: Celebrate every Success
CONNECTION: Clear Communication - Embracing All
EMPOWERMENT: Being the Change
CONTRIBUTION: Uplifting your Environment
Testimonials from Authentic Men:
“In the short time I have attended MATES I learnt about the mask we can all wear and it felt like mine was going to crack and upon leaving that meeting I also felt like I had a hole in my safety net…Gradually my life has started to change & every time, around & in that energy of MATES, I grow closer to that Authentic Life we long for & deserve to have and personally look forward to the time & challenges to come.” – Ricky
“There have been tears and laughs as we share together. Quite often I am surprised by what happens during our sharing together. I've found a healing takes place as we humble ourselves and share from our hearts. There is opportunity for the guys to really encourage those who are going through a rough patch in their lives. There is a great deal of wisdom that is shared and I have personally grown and learnt a lot through the times of encouragement…I have really enjoyed the challenging process that I have seen in my own Life and I hope that many other men will come on board so that MATES can make a difference in their Lives as well.” - Kevin
“This was a fairly dramatic and highly unpleasant time that left me highly stressed and in a lot of self-doubt…I have attended regular meetings since then and have found a huge level of comfort amongst members. It is a very non-judgmental environment where I feel accepted for all of who and what I am. I gain huge amounts of clarity and insight from all members and meetings.” – Lawrence
“This for me was the start of something awesome. Men here were interested in where I had been, but more so where I was going. This question was one I wanted answers for and they seem to give me a sense of hope which I hadn’t seen before. It was incredible the feelings I had from these meetings and I wanted more of it. I knew it was good for me…" - Peter