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