Room for new faces at Rain­bow

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With an air of op­ti­mism Rain­bow Youth is farewelling two of its top staff and of­fer­ing the chance for four new pas­sion­ate young peo­ple to join the team.

Since 1989 the New­ton­based char­ity has of­fered sup­port and ad­vo­cacy to Auck­land’s queer and trans young peo­ple.

In June ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Thomas Hamil­ton will leave his post af­ter four years in the role.

He’s go­ing to study coun­selling and will stay on with the or­gan­i­sa­tion as a vol­un­teer.

‘‘I think ev­ery­one would agree it’s hard to imag­ine Rain­bow Youth with­out Tommy who has been such a key driv­ing force and pro­po­nent of the or­gan­i­sa­tion for so long,’’ Rain­bow Youth board chair­man Dun­can Matthews says.

Spe­cial projects man­ager Sam Shore also winds up his con­tract this month af­ter a sim­i­lar amount of time in the role.

‘‘I thank Sam for the amaz- ing work he’s done over that time, most re­cently be­ing the WTF cam­paign and launch,’’ Mr Matthews says.

The de­par­tures and a slight reshuf­fle mean four new po­si­tions have opened up at Rain­bow Youth.

Driv­ing force: Rain­bow Youth di­rec­tor Thomas Hamil­ton is leav­ing the job.

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