Youth raise their voices

Central Leader - - NEWS - By EMMA WHIT­TAKER

A group of young lead­ers are mak­ing their voices heard.

The Al­bert-Eden Youth Lo­cal Board is up and run­ning and mem­bers are al­ready gath­er­ing ideas on how to tackle the press­ing is­sues in the ward.

Near the top of James Ne­u­ne­gen’s list is com­mu­nity co­he­sion.

‘‘In Auck­land, and es­pe­cially among youth, there isn’t as much of a com­mu­nity,’’ he says.

‘‘Auck­land is such a di­verse city, but peo­ple like to stick with their own cul­tures or cliques. There aren’t many op­por­tu­ni­ties for youth to get to know each other ex­cept for in school sit­u­a­tions.’’

The 17-year-old from Epsom says more youth fo­cussed events are one so­lu­tion.

Other top­ics that came up at the board’s in­au­gu­ral meet­ing last week were school and poverty is­sues.

The group of mainly 15 to 17-year-old’s will work with the Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board.

‘‘We’ve got an open door. We want to hear what they want us to do,’’ board mem­ber Lee Cor­rick says.

Fel­low mem­ber Graeme Easte says youth rep­re­sen­ta­tives can have a worth­while im­pact.

Youth rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the for­mer city coun­cils were in­stru­men­tal in get­ting the NiteRider bus ser­vice up and run­ning.

‘‘Young peo­ple were get­ting stuck in the city at night.

‘‘It is an ex­am­ple where youth had a need that adults didn’t par­tic­u­larly know was out there.’’

The youth board will also sup­port Agnes Wong who is the Al­bert-Eden rep­re­sen­ta­tive on the Auck­land Coun­cil youth ad­vi­sory panel. For now the group will meet fort­nightly.


A voice: The Al­bert-Eden Youth Lo­cal Board is up and run­ning.

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