Free­man, Ox re­turn to Youth Coun­cil

South Waikato News - - NEWS - By ADEN MILES

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.’’

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