Youth Coun­cil­lors in­spired

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Far North Youth Coun­cil­lors have been in­spired to change lives af­ter at­tend­ing the Fes­ti­val for the Fu­ture, New Zealand’s largest an­nual youth de­vel­op­ment event.

The event, held in Auck­land on Au­gust 4-6, was part of the Fu­ture Lead­ers pro­gramme led by the In­spir­ing Sto­ries Trust, a com­po­nent in the May­ors Task­force for Jobs ini­tia­tive. Ten young lead­ers from the coun­cil were joined by schol­ar­ship re­cip­i­ents, and by Leonard Parangi, the Far North District Coun­cil’s del­e­gate to the Tuia pro­gramme, which fo­cuses on Maori youth de­vel­op­ment.

Dur­ing the an­nual event, youth coun­cil­lors at­tended in­spi­ra­tional speeches, work­shops and panel dis­cus­sions on top­ics such as the fu­ture of ed­u­ca­tion, em­ploy­ment and the en­vi­ron­ment.

Youth Coun­cil­lor Blair Ka­paPeters says she had an awe­some time.

‘‘I am al­ready miss­ing the in­spi­ra­tional talks and am keen to at­tend again.’’

Fel­low Youth Coun­cil­lor Aroha Puru de­scribed the ko­rero as ‘‘pow­er­ful’’ and both young lead­ers said they had been in­spired to cre­ate pos­i­tive change in their own lives and the lives of other Far North young peo­ple.

Far North Youth Coun­cil­lors are seek­ing an ad­di­tional mem­ber for the Bay of Is­lands-Whangaroa Ward. Any­one in­ter­ested can ap­ply on­line fndc.govt.nz

SUP­PLIED/KEN LEWIS

Far North District Coun­cil Youth Coun­cil­lors at­tended Fes­ti­val for the Fu­ture.

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