The Founder - Ernest Coulter

In 1904 Ernest Coulter became a clerk in the New York Children's Court. He saw a common theme in boys coming through the courts -  the lack of a father. So he spoke to a men's club and asked them to mentor a boy each. Forty volunteers responded resulting in what would become Big Brothers of America and Big Sisters of America, an organization for which he was a lifelong leader and advocate.

We’re Part of a Global Community 

Today there are 12 countries supporting 280,000 mentoring relationships in the most comprehensively researched and successful mentoring programme in the world. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of New Zealand is an affiliate of Big Brothers Big Sisters International and meets their strict guidelines and standards for delivery of the programme in New Zealand.  The Big Brothers Big Sisters brand is associated with excellence in service to youth, and that commitment to excellence in service delivery is shared by the NZ team.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Christchurch began in 2004 serving young people in the North West of Christchurch. It has grown to become the largest single child mentoring programme in New Zealand serving over 150 young people each year.