George is chair of the Pro-Pare® Athlete Management Trust.
One son, James plays for Toa Samoa, and in the SuperLeague for Huddersfield Giants (prop). His younger sons, Keni and Talavou have both been involved at U20 or academy level with the NZ Warriors. Keni played U20 in Australia for West Tigers.
George has had a long involvement with Kelston Boys High School, including chair of the Board of Trustees.
George has had substantial experience in the youth development space, beginning as a coach in rugby union over 30 years ago. He has become well known in the education, youth development, community and social services, and employment sectors in Auckland. He has worked particularly closely with Pacific and Maori youth. Along with other colleagues George has helped to develop a holistic youth development model with a focus on holism and wellbeing. George has held a number of senior and executive governance and management roles in the public and private arenas and brings significant experience as a leader and manager. He is passionate about developing young men, especially rugby league players, to reach their full potential, whether in sport or other areas they choose. In 2018, he took up the role as General Manager of the Education and Training Centre at VisionWest Community Trust a high-profile NGO with branches across New Zealand. Since arriving he has begun the process of developing new programmes across the vocational pathways, youth mentoring, youth housing, financial capability and home healthcare contexts.
George's PhD research interest focuses on Pacific labour migration, and upward social mobility within the context of professional rugby league.
George’s LinkedIn page https://www.linkedin.com/in/george-gavet-6652491b