Kaitaia youth or­gan­ise spe­cial danc­ing event

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Youth led projects in the Te Hiku area have got Kaitaia kids danc­ing.

Or­gan­is­ers and stu­dents from Te Kura Kau­papa Maori o Pukemiro, Taw­iti Harrison and Waimaru Snow­den, or­gan­ised a ‘Youth Rage’ as part of Youth Week in May.

Harrison is pas­sion­ate about danc­ing and en­ter­tain­ing - he was a fi­nal­ist in Far North’s Got Tal­ent and per­formed at ColourS­plash.

‘‘Those events brought heaps of peo­ple to­gether and we spread pos­i­tive mes­sages to youth against sui­cide and bul­ly­ing,’’ Harrison says.

‘‘My school­mates and I wanted to get to­gether and or­gan­ise a disco for all of Te Hiku youth to come to dur­ing Youth Week.’’

The event was one of six Te Hiku Youth So­cial In­no­va­tion Chal­lenge events to be held. Young peo­ple were asked to pitch ideas that would cre­ate more pos­i­tive and safe things to do for youth liv­ing in Te Hiku for the chal­lenge.

The ini­tia­tive was the re­sult of a re­port called Mov­ing to­wards youth thriv­ing in Te Hiku, with In­no­vate Change. With $20,000 in Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund­ing, six youth projects won fund­ing af­ter an ap­pli­ca­tion process.

SHUT­TER­BUG PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

The Pukemiro youth rage was a big suc­cess.

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