Youth launches its ideas

Central Leader - - News - By Carly Tawhiao

It’s more than bal­loons that are bright and colour­ful.

As Youth Week kicks off to­mor­row, Auck­land’s Youth Coun­cil is hold­ing a free bal­loon rave for young peo­ple called In My Hood.

The event aims to high­light what young peo­ple value in their com­mu­nity un­der Youth Week’s fo­cus theme, re­la­tion­ships.

The week cel­e­brates 12 to 24year-olds and Youth Coun­cil chair­woman Cather­ine Ta­maseu-Rus­sell says the rave will bring this into the com­mu­nity di­rectly.

“At our event we give each young per­son a bal­loon and on that bal­loon they write what they love, like or want in their ’hood,” says the 19-year-old.

“We were looking for some­thing out of the or­di­nary and orig­i­nal and thought of bal­loons be­cause they are youth friendly and en­joyed by all.”

At the end of the rave, Miss Ta­maseu-Rus­sell hopes there will be many views on each bal­loon that she will en­cour­age peo­ple to take home and share with oth­ers.

She will also be shar­ing th­ese views and com­ments with the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity boards and us­ing them for youth coun­cil pre­sen­ta­tions.

Eden-Al­bert Com­mu­nity Board chair­man Chris Dempsey says lis­ten­ing to and act­ing on young peo­ple’s mar­ginal voices is criti- cal for build­ing a di­verse, creative and safe city.

“Mem­bers of the board have been long-time ad­vo­cates for ran­gatahi and we wel­come op­por­tu­ni­ties to as­sist good ideas come to light,” he says. “How ran­gatahi voices are heard is of con­cern, par­tic­u­larly as the su­percity idea be­ing pro­moted gives no in­di­ca­tion as to how marginalised voices will be brought to the ta­ble.”

In My Hood – Bal­loon Rave is next Wed­nes­day at the Mt Al­bert War Memo­rial Hall from 3.30pm to 6pm.

All young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies are wel­come, with mu­sic, a free sausage siz­zle, re­fresh­ments and bal­loons. For more in­for­ma­tion phone 021-230-3890.

Photo: JA­SON OX­EN­HAM

Brightly coloured: Auck­land city youth coun­cil­lors, from left: Brenna Cukier, Anna Pomeroy, Natalie Len­tell, Nive Sharat Chandran and chair­woman Cather­ine Ta­maseu-Rus­sell plan to use bal­loons to en­cour­age young peo­ple to share their views.

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