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Tauranga City Council and Youth Engagement

Tauranga is a fast growing and vibrant city full of opportunities. It is a great place for young people to grow up, study, work and have fun. As Tauranga continues to grow, we need to make sure that our city develops to meet the needs of young people and that the ideas and opinions young people are heard. Tauranga City Council is committed to making sure that youth are aware of and engaged with Council planning and processes.

Youth Advisory Group


Tauranga City Council wants to make sure that our city creates opportunities that empower, inspire and engage young people and that the voice of our youth is heard around local issues that matter to all of us. Council is bringing together a group of passionate young people aged 14 – 24 who want to make a lasting impact on our city.

Whether at school, work, studying, doing an apprenticeship, running a business or volunteering, Council is looking for a diverse group of 15 young people to be involved in our first Youth Advisory Group. The Group will engage with Councillors, Committees and staff teams at Council about the things that matter to young people and share the views of youth on a wide range of subjects from policies and strategies, to open spaces and transport needs.

The Group will meet Wednesdays, 4.30pm – 6pm every six weeks. The meetings will include: presentations from groups and organisations seeking the views of young people; discussion and creating submissions; and developing ideas and initiatives that help increase youth participation in civic life.

We are now calling youth aged 14 – 24 , who live in the Tauranga city boundaries to be one of the 15 young people on the Youth Advisory Group for Tauranga City Council. Apply or nominate by Sunday, 4 June. The first Youth Advisory Group meeting will be held on Wednesday, 21 June, 4.30pm – 6pm at Tauranga City Council.

Youth Advisory Group Terms of Reference

TUIA Te Here Tangata

Congratulations to Hinerau Nicholas who has been selected as Tauranga's TUIA participant. Hinerau will be mentored one-to-one by Mayor Greg Brownless, to assist her growth and future as a local leader

In 2017, a new youth leadership programme ‘TUIA Te Here Tangata’ will focus on developing and enhancing the leadership skills of young Maori in Tauranga.

Mayor Brownless will mentor a young Maori leader from Tauranga Moana on a monthly basis, involving both formal and informal meeting occasions that will assist their growth as a local leader. The relationship will also provide both partners with the opportunity to gain a deeper insight into inter-generational issues, cultural values and experiences.

The selected rangatahi is expected to undertake a community service project in their respective communities and attend five leadership development wananga throughout Aotearoa over the course of the year.

Youth Engagement Plan

In 2016 Tauranga City Council Elected Members approved the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan. Developed in collaboration with Tauranga City Council, young people and Stakeholders, the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan outlines Council’s commitment to engaging with our young people and planning for the future.

The Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan has four key goals:

  • give young people a voice in local decision-making through purposeful engagement
  • create confidence in young people for them to be able to have a voice
  • help shape our city to be more youth-focused
  • encourage future leaders from within our community

Youth Engagement Plan

Youth Action Plan

Tauranga City Council is now working with young people, providers and stakeholders to develop new projects and initiatives aligned with the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan that will become our Youth Action Plan. The Youth Action Plan will provide ways for young people to contribute to the growth of our city; develop future leaders; and showcase the exceptional young people doing great things in Tauranga.

Last Reviewed: 09/05/2017