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Hastings Youth Council meets regularly to discuss youth-focused issues and work on youth-related projects. It advises Hastings District Council on issues that affect our young people; providing a voice for them at the decision-making table.

Youth Council 2020

The Youth Council's main roles are to:

  • give a youth perspective on issues
  • promote and encourage youth involvement in planning and developing Council services
  • make sure the views of young people are canvassed and passed on to the Council
  • give advice on planning and infrastructure, particularly relating to any direct impact on young people
  • give input relating to policy and strategic development.

Youth Council membership

The Youth Council is open to:

  • youth aged 15-21 years
  • people who live, work or attend school within the Hastings District

Youth Council

Lucas  d'Arbois de Jubainville

Lucas d'Arbois de Jubainville

Lindisfarne College

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want to make informed decisions from the point of view of a youth in Hastings that will help make our city be the best it can be. As a collective, I want the council to get involved with the community to make a positive impact.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the diversity in Hastings and how so many different cultures mix and thrive in our city.

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Finley Robert Duncan

Finley Robert Duncan

Lindisfarne College

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

As a Youth Councillor, I really feel like I can do more to improve how young people grow up around our region and give them the opportunities and capability needed to thrive in the pressures of the modern world.

What do I love about Hastings?

The diversity of facilities available in and throughout Hastings makes it such an amazing place to be; The world-class sporting grounds, the artistically and culturally significant landmarks and our cutting-edge educational facilities.

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Matilda  Ellis

Matilda Ellis

Woodford House

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I have huge concerns and passion for solving the climate emergency, I want to make a meaningful impact that will better the environment we live in. I want to help the community understand what is happening with the environment as many people don’t understand the connections.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love Hastings because I’ve spent most of my life here and my friends and family are here. It’s a beautiful place to live with most of the things you need right at your fingertips.

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Charlene Fun-nell

Charlene Fun-nell

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

Being fortunate enough to be selected, I would love to be able to help show children that their options are endless, whether they’ve grown up underprivileged or not. Hastings is a wonderful place with many doors that can be opened by anyone.

What do I love about Hastings?

Hastings truly is the heart of Hawke's Bay, surrounded by beaches and bush walks, with many attractions. It is what I would refer to as the perfect place to have grown up.

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Louis Gaffaney

Louis Gaffaney

St John's College

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

The question should not be ‘what do I want to achieve?’, but what do you (youth) want to achieve? I will be a vocal representative of our Hastings Youth, to achieve a Hastings where the youth voice is a central facet in many of the councils decisions, with the vision to make our city more relevant to the youth who will inherit it. 

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the diversity of life in Hastings! Our Hastings is now a vibrant bustling centre of activity, creativity and community; that excites a lot of good energy and inspiration, through our diverse peoples, cultures and performing arts!

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Eva  Harper

Eva Harper

Hastings Girls' High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want to encourage fellow youth to give everything a go that our community has to offer, specifically in different sporting codes. 

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the history it holds for my family and myself. My great grandparents, grandparents and parents all grew up and attended school in Hastings, so it holds a special place in my heart. Hastings is also a great sports community, with major sporting centres based here in Hastings. These sporting centres offer a variety of different sports, that youth can be involved in. Hastings schools and clubs are competitive nation wide, which makes it even more exciting to be from such a small, very capable city. The beautiful Art Deco buildings and the amazing weather is also a bonus. 

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Ondre Hapuku-Lambert

Ondre Hapuku-Lambert

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

As a Hastings Youth Councillor, I want to improve youth mental health, provide more youth-friendly spaces and decrease the number of Hastings youth N.E.E.Ts (Youth not engaged in employment or training).

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the diversity in Hastings. It is able to be an amazing home for many of us because of its diverse features from the people, various activities and beautiful scenery.

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Keelan Heesterman

Keelan Heesterman

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

As a 2020 Youth Councillor, I would like to be a mouthpiece for teenagers – a vessel for the thoughts and ideas of young people like myself to be shared with those who can make a difference. I wish to be an active and contributing member of the Youth Council by investing in Projects and working towards a better and more engaged city. I will be holding not only myself, but the Hastings Council accountable for serving the best interests of the people and ensuring that the right considerations are made in the decision-making processes.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the feeling, vibe and growth Hastings is experiencing. With the opening of the Toitoi Arts & Events centre, Hastings will become increasingly exposed to and be able to facilitate more music, dance and cultural events – this fills me with excitement the potential for Hastings to become a centre for North Island and NZ arts. Additionally, Hastings is filled with a wonderful bunch of people, and it is those people who are at the heart of what makes Hastings great. A Maori proverb sums this up: He aha te mea nui o tea o - what is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is people, it is people, it is people

 

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Brooke Hemmings

Brooke Hemmings

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want to make Hastings a better place for youth. I would like to create more activities and facilities that are directed at youth to give them a good sense of belonging in Hastings and they won’t feel they need to travel else where to do things and have a good time.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the feeling, vibe and growth Hastings is experiencing. With the opening of the Toitoi Arts & Events centre, Hastings will become increasingly exposed to and be able to facilitate more music, dance and cultural events – this fills me with excitement the potential for Hastings to become a centre for North Island and NZ arts. Additionally, Hastings is filled with a wonderful bunch of people, and it is those people who are at the heart of what makes Hastings great. A Maori proverb sums this up: He aha te mea nui o tea o - what is the most important thing in the world? He tangata, he tangata, he tangata. It is people, it is people, it is people

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Daisy Hill

Daisy Hill

Iona College

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want to achieve change. Change is an ambiguous term subject to timely progression, but I hope that I can expedite great change with the cohesive power base of the youth council where it’s needed most; which will enact palpable and positive change to aid Hastings youth.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the continuity of biculturalism in Hastings which fuels the vibrant dynamic of our great city. I think it is the beating heart of our city which solidifies our character and teaches our youth the imperative strength of unity.

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Sophie Jones

Sophie Jones

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

This year, I would love to assist in developing a youth space/hub within Hastings. Alongside this, I would like to continue addressing ways on how to assist/support those struggling with their mental health as I believe this is still a pressing issue that is very prevalent in our community.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the events and parks in Hastings that bring everyone together! Cornwall park, the Farmers Market, the night market, Albert square, Tuition and Horse of the Year (just to name a few), all bring people together and create a positive environment and fuel community spirit within Hastings.

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Tawhirimakea Karaitiana

Tawhirimakea Karaitiana

Eastern Institute of Technology

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

Ko waku whāinga mō te Kaunihera Rangatahi nei, kia whai reo ai ngā hapori Māori, kia mahi tahi ai tātau katoa hei pāinga mō ngā whānau o Heretaunga. I  kii rā a Kēnana Wi Te Tau Huata, “kia tapatahi, kia kotahi rā. Tātau, tātau e.”

What do I love about Hastings?

Kei te nui ngā āhuatanga e motuhake ai a Heretaunga.  Ko te hītori o te wāhi nei tētahi mea motuhake rawa, pēnei i ngā kōrero mō Te Matā maunga, ko ngā kōrero mō ngā awa.  Ka mutu he pātaka kai hoki te wāhi nei o Heretaunga. He pātaka kai mātauranga, he pātaka kai hauora. Kia kaha tātau ki te ngaki i aua kai hei oranga mō tātau.

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Tiaki Mildon

Tiaki Mildon

Eastern Institute of Technology

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want to achieve a place for me and my brothers and sisters to feel safe and welcome, and I also want to help Hastings become a much better place through exercise.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love Hastings, because of all the great opportunities and all the amazing people that populate this place. We are filled with opportunities and an awesome community to help you reach your goals.

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Thea  Morton

Thea Morton

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

In terms of what I want to achieve as a part of the Youth Council more events for teens in Hastings would be great !

What do I love about Hastings?

Centralised. Everything is close to each other - shops, movies, library, parks etc. So its very convenient.

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Olivia Omur-Mackenzie

Olivia Omur-Mackenzie

Hastings Girls' High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

In terms of achievement, encouraging the youth to be involved in community services is a goal I want to strive for. Some areas of non-profit services could include (but are not limited to) : volunteering at Hohepa, rest homes for the elderly, Nourish for Nil and the SPCA. Another objective I would like to aim for is creating youth groups that are not religion based. Essentially, this idea would promote an inclusive society and enhance the overall well-being of the youth. Additionally, I have an inclination for reinforcing recreational sports and exercise to occur in hopes of creating an active social unit within Hastings.

What do I love about Hastings?

Among many things, an aspect I love about Hastings is how we celebrate the diversity of culture and nationality.

Taxpayer money is clearly well spent as our roads excel to the safety standards they need to be, government funded schools receive the quality facilities and resources required to obtain optimum knowledge and our rivers are well regulated too. More importantly, however, is that Hastings is a community where we are all bound together by strong relationships—this is one of the reasons I adore Hastings. Also, I love how members of Hastings are growing towards the movement to better our ecological environment. On the proposed date of May 1, 2020 and forwards, homes within the current Council urban rubbish and recycling collection zone will receive a wheelie bin and/or waste container for general rubbish to then recycle. Again, this is the epitome of why I love Hastings--we are not afraid to implement change for the greater good of our citizens

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Zoe  Smith

Zoe Smith

Hastings Girls' High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

I want Hastings to be filled with more opportunities for fun for our young people.
I want Mental health and education to be put into the spotlight and bought to peoples attention, for our youth not to be afraid to stand up and say “I am not ok, I need help”.  Giving them that confidence to have voice and let them know that they will be heard and that there is people out there who care.

What do I love about Hastings?

One of the things that I love about Hastings is the amount of local Hastings businesses that are providing jobs for the young people in the community which is providing them
with a head start for their future

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Janicka Tei

Janicka Tei

Taradale High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

Helping to give a voice to all our youth and making sure they know that their voices matter!

What do I love about Hastings?

The thing I love most about Hastings is the amount of cultural diversity we have as well as how inclusive our community is of our Youth

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Romona Wainohu

Romona Wainohu

Karamu High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

My immediate goal is to help other students in the community access all the help they need to better themselves. I hope to broaden my contact circle and meet new people so we can work together and better the future of the rangatahi in Hastings. After I compete this goal, I hope to head to University and come back to Hastings where I can share my new found knowledge and better the city for years to come.

What do I love about Hastings?

I love the diversity of cultures we have here. There is so much Hastings has to off in the way of cultural difference, and I believe that by actively looking for the many opportunities we have, everyone in Hastings can experience them.

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Sam Wixon

Sam Wixon

Havelock North High School

What do I want to achieve as a youth councillor?

Personally, on the youth council, I would like to help rangatahi who may feel disconnected from their whakapapa and iwi be able to connect with and embrace their identity. I would also like the youth voice to become an integral part of council strategies and decision making.

What do I love about Hastings?

Hastings is a really close-knit community, I find that no matter where I am or what I am doing I’ll be surrounded by people I know and people who are willing to help

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Contact us

If you want to contact the Hastings Youth Council phone 871 5000 or email hastingsyouth@hdc.govt.nz

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