Youths wanted for coun­cil job


More than 200 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived for the 21-mem­ber Auck­land Coun­cil Youth Ad­vi­sory Panel.

Ap­pli­ca­tions for the panel closed on Mon­day with ap­prox­i­mately 223 ap­pli­ca­tions re­ceived from across Auck­land.

The panel, es­tab­lished by for­mer Auck­land mayor Len Brown in 2011, will be made up of peo­ple be­tween 14 and 24 from Auck­land’s 21 lo­cal boards.

Its role is to to of­fer ad­vice on the coun­cil’s re­gional poli­cies, plans and strate­gies, re­flect­ing the in­ter­est of young peo­ple in Auck­land.

Auck­land Coun­cil pan­els prin­ci­pal ad­vi­sor Austin Kim said suc­cess­ful ap­pli­cants served a three­year term.

They get paid $173 for each meet­ing, or work­shop they at­tended.

Travel to meet­ings by pub­lic trans­port would also be re­im­bursed.

Kim said all ap­pli­ca­tions would be eval­u­ated and only short­listed can­di­dates would con­tacted and be in­ter­viewed.

‘‘The mayor will then ap­point the pro­posed can­di­dates by the end of May,’’ Kim said.

Pre­vi­ously, ei­ther lo­cal boards or lo­cal youth coun­cils would rec­om­mend their youth rep­re­senta- tives to the panel but this year, se­lec­tion would be made by a se­lec­tion panel.

The se­lec­tion panel would in­clude a com­mu­nity mem­ber with ex­pe­ri­ence in youth de­vel­op­ment, a for­mer Youth Ad­vi­sory Panel mem­ber who is not reap­ply­ing and a coun­cil staff mem­ber who spe­cialises in youth en­gage­ment or civic par­tic­i­pa­tion.

Shail Kaushal, 23, the youngest lo­cal board mem­ber for Puke­ta­papa Lo­cal Board said be­ing a part of the panel could be an im­por­tant turn­ing point in a young per­son’s life.

He said young peo­ple would have say in ma­jor is­sues like hous­ing, trans­port and em­ploy­ment.

‘‘It’s a paid role, in a way this is a youth ver­sion of the Auck­land Coun­cil.

‘‘This is a great op­por­tu­nity for young­sters in our com­mu­nity.’’

Kaushal said 25 ap­pli­ca­tions were re­ceived from the Puke­ta­papa lo­cal board be­fore the Mon­day cut off.

In­ter­views for the short­listed ap­pli­cants take place from April 18 to 28.

The fi­nal panel an­nounced in May. will be

Puketepapa Lo­cal Board mem­ber Shail Kaushal say the panel was a great op­por­tu­nity for young peo­ple.

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