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Background: Tauranga City Council and Youth Engagement
Tauranga City Council is committed to making sure that youth are aware of and engaged with council processes.
Each year, Council also holds an annual youth forum which is an opportunity for young people to get involved with council, council staff and Elected Members.
Some of the youth events / projects to date:
- 2010 Local Government Elections: candidate evening with Ewen Gilmour
- In 2010 Council successfully received $108,000 from the Youth Development Partnership Fund to help the Merivale Community Centre deliver the Merivale Youth Spaces project.
- Workshops ran to discuss waste management and minimisation
- Consultation on council’s liquor-free zones through facebook
- Mayoral breakfast with secondary school young leaders.
To name a few...
Youth Engagement Toolkit
The toolkit is a resource that helps Council staff work with and engage with young people in Council projects, activities and issues. Different methods of engagement are discussed such as having an online presence, social networking sites, and texting. This provides an opportunity for Council staff to tailor the communication method to the project and budget they are working to. The will help Council to be more effective in the way that we engage with young people and also provide more opportunities for young people to have their say!
Copies of the toolkit can be obtained by contacting the Council on 07 577 7000 and asking to speak to someone from the Communications Team.
The annual youth forum is co-ordinated by Council to discuss any projects or issues that youth might be interested in and provide an opportunity for youth to interact with Elected Members and Council staff. Each year Council staff will discuss with youth what is coming up and what they might be interested in to help determine how the youth forum might occur (and when). In 2010 the focus was on getting youth interested in and involved in the Local Elections as this is a key opportunity to have your say on the future of our community. In 2011 Council ran some activties as part of National Youth Week in May including a mayoral breakfast with a young leaders group, an "are you smarter than a councillor" quiz night, and a schhol tour in partnership with BOPFM.
If you have any ideas on what we could do please contact Council on 07 577 7000 and ask to speak to someone from the Strategy and Policy team.
Last Reviewed: 16/05/2014