New role to boost youth de­vel­op­ment

Kaikoura Star - - YOUR LOCAL NEWS - CARLY GOOCH

A new po­si­tion cre­ated to sup­port youth em­pow­er­ment in postquake Kaiko¯ura is up for grabs.

Te Ha¯ o Ma¯tau­ranga is seek­ing ap­pli­ca­tions for a Youth De­vel­op­ment Worker to fill the full time va­cancy.

Te Ha¯ o Ma¯tau­ranga co­or­di­na­tor Sarah Beard­more said the new mem­ber of the team would work with groups in the com­mu­nity, in­clud­ing pro­vid­ing pro­grammes, ac­tiv­i­ties, ‘‘sup­port­ing what’s al­ready go­ing’’ and pos­si­bly work­ing with Kaiko¯ura High School.

She said the win­ning can­di­date would be some­one who had ex­pe­ri­ence in youth de­vel­op­ment, a strength-based ap­proach and could re­late well to youth and their whanau. ‘‘That’s the main thing. ‘‘It would be great to have some­one with cre­ative skills; some­one who was good at mu­sic, kapa haka, what­ever – but that would be a bonus rather than a must-have.’’

Te Ha¯ o Ma¯tau­ranga - learn­ing in Kaik­oura, was cre­ated early last year but Beard­more said they were un­der­way be­fore the earth­quake, which hit the re­gion in Novem­ber 2016.

Its fo­cus is on pro­mot­ing and en­cour­ag­ing learn­ing.

The new role has been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with a group of agen­cies work­ing with youth in Kaiko¯ura, she said.

‘‘We are the em­ployer but the youth col­lec­tive is feed­ing into it.’’

The em­ploy­ment panel in­cluded the Kaik­oura High School prin­ci­pal, the New Life church pas­tor, Te Tai o Marokura Health and So­cial Ser­vices man- ager and a mem­ber of the youth coun­cil.

‘‘It’s

a

col­lab­o­ra­tive en­ter­prise.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion or to ap­ply visit https://www.kaik­oura.link/ news/all. Ap­pli­ca­tions close April 2.

PIPPA BROWN/ STUFF

Sarah Beard­more said the new mem­ber of the team would work with groups in the com­mu­nity.

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