Young advisers show motivation
Students from all walks of life have joined forces to have their say on what goes on in the district.
A youth advisory board was formed by the South Waikato District Council this year.
So far the 22 students have all shared a common interest to boost youth development in the district.
Board member Jared Kennedy said it is early days but the programme has worked well.
‘‘It’s really good to have a bit of a say to create opportunities that otherwise wouldn’t be there,’’ he said.
At 22 he is one of the oldest members of the group which caters to students as young as 12.
Kennedy said his fellow members have responded well to the what he believed is a rare opportunity.
‘‘It’s good to see the enthusiasm.’’
Group manager community Amanda Hema said the initiative had been successful since it was established in July.
‘‘Enthusiasm and engagement levels are high; with a tremendous number of ideas being raised for consideration.’’
She said the council introduced a youth engagement panel to feed into the council planning processes.
‘‘This was one of the key drivers for council staff to re-look at the structure around the previous youth council, that had started to fail in the latter years.’’
Students from across the district had signed up, with the exception of Tirau.
Hema said the board welcomes more students and she hoped those from Tirau would put their hands up as well.