Week a cel­e­bra­tion of Hu­runui youth

Kaikoura Star - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DANGERFIELD

Youth Week has been in full swing in the Hu­runui dis­trict with the coun­cil’s com­mu­nity team fa­cil­i­tat­ing a num­ber of events.

From the launch of the Youth Strat­egy to the well-at­tended ju­nior and se­nior for­mals, this year’s theme ‘Ahakoa te aha, kei a koe te tikanga: Be who you want to be’ has been cel­e­brated by the young peo­ple of the Hu­runui.

Youth Week is a na­tion­wide fes­ti­val of events or­gan­ised by young New Zealan­ders to cel­e­brate the tal­ents, pas­sion and suc­cess of lo­cal young peo­ple.

The events in the Hu­runui this week have en­abled par­tic­i­pa­tion in the ini­tia­tive to recog­nise the amaz­ing con­tri­bu­tions and achieve­ments of the dis­trict’s young peo­ple.

Com­mu­nity team Leader Rochelle Faimalo said the re­gion was known through­out the coun­try for its strong youth pro­gramme.

‘‘We are lucky enough to have high youth par­tic­i­pa­tion and en­gage­ment in lo­cal gov­ern­ment pro­cesses and Youth Week has been the per­fect op­por­tu­nity for us to show­case this.’’

Of par­tic­u­lar im­por­tance for the week has been the Hu­runui Youth Strat­egy, which was launched last Mon­day night and will be adopted by the both the coun­cil and youth coun­cil.

The strat­egy was formed af­ter con­sul­ta­tion with more than 300 Hu­runui youth and aims to recog­nise the value of youth voice, while pro­vid­ing guid­ance on the set­ting of pri­or­i­ties and on­go­ing sup­port.

The strat­egy iden­ti­fies four key ob­jec­tives: fu­ture fo­cus; our en­vi­ron­ment; con­nected com­mu­nity; and pos­i­tive youth de­vel­op­ment.

Mayor Win­ton Dal­ley said he was look­ing for­ward to the Youth Strat­egy be­ing adopted af­ter its suc­cess­ful launch showed how much work had been put into pro­duc­ing the doc­u­ment and the value it would bring to the dis­trict.

‘‘Our young peo­ple are not just the fu­ture of to­mor­row, but are a valu­able voice of to­day and with this strat­egy we hope to strengthen the rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the youth voice for the ben­e­fit of our en­tire dis­trict.’’

The Youth Strat­egy has been well re­ceived and the Hu­runui Youth Pro­gramme will now present it to the coun­cil and En­vi­ron­ment Can­ter­bury. Once this has taken place an ac­tion plan will be de­vel­oped to ac­com­pany the strat­egy.

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Youth Week has been in full swing in the Hu­runui dis­trict this week.

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