Kaitaia youth organise special dancing event
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.
The Pukemiro youth rage was a big success.