Youth launches its ideas
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.
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.