Young link to coun­cil

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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.

Michael Goudie

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