From the Mayor’s Chair
May was a busy month celebrating young people across Palmerston North.
I was sworn in as the youngest ever Justice of the Peace in Central Districts, and one of the youngest across New Zealand.
The Youth Council went through a recruitment process welcoming several new members, while a new executive was voted in to lead it through 2016.
The Youth Sector celebrated Youth Week (May 21 – 29) with the theme of ‘Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu – Giving Back is Giving Forward’.
There were free sausage sizzles for students at Massey University and UCOL, free care packs were distributed to young people across the city, and at the annual Youth Week Awards,12 groups and individuals received ‘Make a Difference’ awards.
Palmerston North, with a median age of approximately 33 years, is known as a young and vibrant city. We have a strong youth sector, led and coordinated by the Palmy Youth Network involving over 400 individuals and organisations who share a vision to connect the sector, raise standards and champion youth development
I’ve been a part of the Youth Network since its establishment in 2009. It has been pretty special to see it grow and transition to meet the needs of those who work with young people in our community.
Student City is an area of council that in the past 12 months has gone from strength to strength. With a young, dynamic coordinator who has built strong relationships with student body representatives and tertiary organisations, students are in good hands.
We have many opportunities to keep building on the brand and work of Student City and no doubt some of those will come to light in the next 12 months.
– Councillor Aleisha Rutherford is the lead spokesperson for the Youth and Students Portfolio and the support spokesperson for the City Council’s Rural and Villages portfolio. Contact Aleisha with any questions, comments or concerns at firstname.lastname@example.org, 027 404 8551 or facebook.com/aleisha4pncc
Members of Youth Action Group Manawatu marched in November 2015 ahead of UN climate talks.