King to speak at schools

Matamata Chronicle - - Front Page - LAWRENCE GULLERY

Co­me­dian Mike King’s up­com­ing visit to Mata­mata-Pi­ako will be the first event or­gan­ised by the district’s new Youth Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sador group.

King has been speak­ing out on fig­ures which showed New Zealand had the high­est youth rate of teen sui­cide in the de­vel­oped world.

And that will be the fo­cus on his pre­sen­ta­tion to the district’s three col­leges and a com­mu­nity meet­ing on June 21 and 22.

His visit was be­ing or­gan­ised by the newly-formed Mata­mataPi­ako Youth Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sador Group, which re­ported to the district coun­cil.

Am­bas­sador group Visit the Mata­mata Chron­i­cle Neigh­bourly.co.nz page to watch Kaleb Reid speak about the Youth Vol­un­teer Am­bas­sadors and Mike King’s visit. chair­per­son Kaleb Reid said King was a con­tro­ver­sial speaker but ‘‘in a good way’’.

‘‘He talks a lot about her per­sonal jour­ney, his ad­dic­tion to drugs and al­co­hol, and how he over­came those prob­lems.

‘‘But the big thing at the mo­ment, to talk about, is youth sui­cide.’’

Reid said he watched King speak on the cur­rent af­fairs show, Sun­day, about how ‘‘the sys­tem isn’t work­ing’’ when it came to deal­ing with young peo­ple and their chal­lenges.

‘‘So Mike’s go­ing to talk about his cam­paign, It’s Cool To Korero, it’s cool to talk, and it’s about telling the youth it’s ok to talk about their prob­lems. I see that as be­ing re­ally ben­e­fi­cial to us.’’

Reid said King’s talk on this topic was close to his heart.

‘‘Mike’s talk is im­por­tant be­cause we know that 40 per cent of youths have sui­ci­dal thoughts, that’s a large per­cent­age.

‘‘And so if we can do some­thing to re­duce that rate, that would be awe­some.’’

Reid said there would be a chance for peo­ple at King’s pre­sen­ta­tions to of­fer feed­back to the youth group.

‘‘We’re also go­ing to have some help line phone num­bers dis­played at the end of each speech so if some­one feels like they need to talk, they can.’’

Reid said the group would re­port back to the coun­cil on King’s visit to the district and any feed­back from his pre­sen­ta­tions.

DAVID UNWIN/FAIR­FAX NZ

Speaker Mike King will visit Mata­mata-Pi­ako sec­ondary schools this month.

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