RainbowYOUTH is on the hunt for a new Executive Director with Duncan Matthews leaving the organisation after four years.

Current RainbowYOUTH Executive Director Duncan Matthews is set to depart later on in the year, after he works part-time alongside the new Executive Director for several months.

Matthews says that he intends to stay involved with RY throughout the upcoming years, and that he is reducing his involvement “…to build skills and community involvements elsewhere.”

Matthews adds, “I look forward to the different perspective a new Executive Director role will bring.”


Since 2013, Matthews has been at the helm of RY through its largest ever period of growth – with the organisation tripling staff numbers, moving into a new centre, and turning its focus outside of Auckland to work across the country.

“Duncan’s contribution to RainbowYOUTH has been immeasurable,” says Co-chairperson, Sophie Sills. “On behalf of the RainbowYOUTH board and staff team, we wish Duncan the very best for his future”.

The Executive Board of RainbowYOUTH have now opened applications for a new Executive Director.

“The organisation is in a solid place to bring in new leadership,” RY Co-chairperson, Taine Polkinghorne, says. “We’re fresh off the back of our largest financial year to date, and we have a great team of experienced and dedicated staff and volunteers to help the transition proceed smoothly.”

Those interested in the role can apply via RainbowYOUTH’s website: