Youth raise their voices
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.