No clar­ity on what youth need

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By STEVE ED­WARDS

While Mata­mata-Pi­ako Dis­trict Coun­cil sees the im­por­tance of youth events, the pref­er­ence of those in­volved is un­clear.

The coun­cil again plans to ap­ply to the Min­istry of Youth Devel­op­ment for fund­ing to help de­velop youth lead­er­ship skills.

Over the last three fi­nan­cial years the coun­cil has re­ceived grants of $35,000, $51,000 and $16,000.

The money has been used to host events for young peo­ple in Mata­mata, Mor­rinsville and Te Aroha, while also help­ing to pay three part-time youth devel­op­ment work­ers in each of the towns.

Events were or­gan­ised by youth ser­vice providers in­clud­ing Starfish So­cial Ser­vices ( Mata­mata), Youth Em­pow­er­ment Ser­vice (Te Aroha) and Te Ahurei A Ran­gatahi (Mor­rinsville).

Mayor Jan Barnes told last Wed­nes­day’s coun­cil meet­ing she be­lieves this will be the last year of MYD fund­ing.

Her ‘‘vi­sion’’ is a dis­trict-wide event such as a tri-na­tions tal­ent quest.

The coun­cil is also in­ves­ti­gat­ing the pos­si­bil­ity of a youth-led em­ploy­ment expo and a youth lead­er­ship pro­gramme in which a se­lected group of young peo­ple at­tend a num­ber of ex­cur­sions through­out the year to de­velop their lead­er­ship skills.

How­ever, Barnes said the youth ser­vice providers pre­fer in­di­vid­ual ward events.

‘‘We are get­ting mixed mes­sages,’’ she said. ‘‘ We haven’t got a di­rec­tion yet.’’

Coun­cil­lor Ash Tan­ner said: ‘‘In­di­vid­ual events seem to be work­ing bet­ter.’’

He sug­gested the fund­ing be used to help train young peo­ple learn­ing to drive.

‘‘This is a ma­jor is­sue in ru­ral ar­eas like ours.’’

How­ever, coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Don McLeod was not sure whether the MYD grant could be used for this pur­pose.

Cr Peter Jager said the coun­cil doesn’t want to dou­ble up on ini­tia­tives al­ready un­der­taken by lo­cal sec­ondary schools. For in­stance, as­pects of an em­ploy­ment expo may be cov­ered by ca­reers ad­vis­ers and the Gate­way work ex­pe­ri­ence pro­gramme.

Lead­er­ship pro­grammes are also run by lo­cal ser­vice clubs, Cr Leonie Tisch said.

‘‘We have got to be care­ful not to take over what’s al­ready hap­pen­ing in the dis­trict,’’ she said. ‘‘Let’s not rein­vent the wheel.’’

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