Freeman, Ox return to Youth Council
South Waikato District Council has appointed two former Youth Councillors back into the group.
The news comes after the debacle surrounding the dismissal of a group of former Youth Councillors who expressed their abhorrence to their removal in an open letter in the South Waikato News recently.
Freeman Gage and Teokotai ‘‘ Ox’’ Paio have committed to supporting youth council promotion efforts.
Council confirmed that there are 12 positions, of which eight are filled.
‘‘During staff’s discussions with Freeman and Ox over promotion of youth council and activities, Ox indicated that he would love to be on Youth Council again,’’ Community Development manager Amanda Hema said.
‘‘ Given Ox’s previous level of engagement and commitment to Youth Council and its activities; his drive, enthusiasm and excellent work ethic; his request was accepted and an application was formally received.
‘‘Council is very pleased to have him back. In addition the official definition of youth is ages 12 to 24. Historically most of our Youth Councillors have been mid-teens; Ox’s slightly more mature years ensures a different perspective which can only add considerable value to the group.’’