Young link to council
Michael Goudie was chosen by Auckland mayor Len Brown to be a link between the new Youth Advisory Panel and Auckland Council.
When he was elected to the Rodney District Council in 2007, Mr Goudie, from Red Beach and then aged 22, was the youngest councillor in the Rodney area’s history.
‘‘ I hope other young people follow in my footsteps,’’ says Mr Goudie, who represents the Albany ward.
‘‘It’s not your age, it’s what you contribute that counts, and this Youth Advisory Panel will have a lot to contribute.’’
The panel was established after representatives of the region’s seven youth councils and forums called for a regional youth voice in the Auckland Council.
‘‘The panel is a landmark achievement for the council,’’ Mr Brown says.
‘‘As already shown by the Auckland Plan, the council is serious about Auckland being a great place for young people to live, learn, work and thrive.’’
The panel communicates views of young people to the Auckland Council and connects young people with programmes and events.
The panel’s 21 members include Joshua James, Megan Patterson and Warratah Taogaga, all from the South Kaipara Youth Forum. The Hibiscus Coast Youth Centre has a free event for youth on Saturday.
The Youth Week Dance Party – Celebrating You, is a drugfree and alcohol-free event which includes fun youth activities promoting wellbeing among teens.
The focus of Youth Week is to communicate to youth the opportunity to step up, take responsibility and be heard.