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Fresh teens for youth council wanted

The next bunch of keen teens are needed to take up the seats around the Hastings Youth Council table.

The positions are open to 16 to 19 year olds with an interest in what is going on in their district, particularly those things that affect their peers.  

Former youth councillors recommend the experience. “Being on the youth council taught me that there’s always so much work going on behind the scenes of every school, group, event and business,” said Joe Walding-Kataitana.

A term on the council also looks great on the CV.

Anyone in that age group who is passionate about Hastings and interested in advising Hastings District Council on youth issues should put their name forward. Of particular interest are younger residents’ perspectives on planning and infrastructure – things like playgrounds, facilities and programmes.

One of the ways the youth council gets ideas out and celebrates Hastings is through its Facebook page. It also gives teens thinking of signing up for the next one year a good idea of the focus and activities of the council. Search Hastings Youth Council.

The youth council also awards grants to applicants from a special fund designed to help teens achieve their dreams.

The recipients of the most recent grants (December 2016) were:

Kate van Ingen, 17, Karamu High School: National Youth Drama School

Paora Winitana, 13, St Johns College: Basketball trip to the USA

Izzac Andrews, 15, Hastings Boys High School: National rowing regatta

Jenna Tidswell, 16, Havelock High School: Southern O week, orienteering

Will Tidswell, 14, Havelock High School: National orienteering camp

Bethany Cox, 16, Karamu High School: Hands On Otago 2017

Nova Tautari, 17, Hastings Boys High School: Waka Ama Nationals

Georgia Hulls, 17, Havelock High School: Rep NZ in Athletics in Sydney

Logan Stevenson, 17, Napier Boys High School: World orienteering champs

Hamish Legarth, 17, Havelock High School: Rowing regatta

Romaine Crawford, 18, Karamu High School: UN Youth Rep in New York

Sam Gilbert, 14, Havelock High School - Soccer Nationals

Dylan Bagley, 15, Karamu High School: National Golf Championships

Serah Hartley, 13, Havelock High School - Clarinet tuition

Frank Maaka, 15, Te Ara Hou: Waka Ama Nationals

Devante Miller, 17, Hastings Boys High School: Basketball trip to the USA

Kate Rowland, 16, Hastings Girls High School: Claybird Shooting Championships

Nick Yorke, 15, Hastings Boys High School: Central under-16 soccer trials

To find out more, including how to apply, see: The closing date for applications is February 12.



4 October 2017

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