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Youth development

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.

Council and youth engagement

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. Council is committed to making sure that youth are aware of and engaged with council planning and processes.

TUIA Te Here Tangata

We are excited to announce our successful TUIA applicant for 2020: Te Ra Keno

Tū ake ana ahau ki runga o Mauao
Ka titiro whakararo ki te moana o Tauranga
Te moana rā i hoea e ngā waka o Takitimu, o Mātātua
Ka tae atu ki ngā marae kāinga o Ngāi Te Ahi, o Ngāti Hē
Ko Hairini, ko Maungatapu
Tihei mauri ora!
Ko Te Ra Keno toku ingoa
He pāpaka ahau nō te tahuna o rangataua

Tuatahi, tēnei ka whakawhetai, ka whakamoemiti. I appreciate the space for opportunity to positively contribute to Tauranga Moana. This provides a rangatahi voice to the Tauranga City Council, building kotahitanga and whakawhanaungatanga – two key Māori values. I want to be on this programme as I am motivated by developing Māori and moving towards a positive future. Through participating in TUIA, I am able to gain experience in local government and promote being Māori within the local government.

Youth advisory group

Applications are now closed. We will be updating our website with the successful applicants soon.

About the group

The youth advisory group has been an active group since 2016, consisting of 15 young people from across Tauranga aged between 16 and 24. It is a diverse group from all different backgrounds adding vibrancy and experience with the same goal in mind – for Tauranga to be a great place for young people to build their future and to have a youth voice in decision making.

The group meets every third Wednesday of the month from 5pm to 7pm. They engage with the mayor and councillors, council staff and other advisory groups within council seeking young people perspectives on civil matters, policy and strategies.

The group also creates submissions and develop ideas and initiatives that helps increase youth participation in all areas. If you would like to learn more about the youth advisory group, please contact our youth advisor on 07 577 7000.

Youth engagement plan

In 2016, the mayor and councillors approved the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan. Developed in collaboration with young people and key stakeholders, the plan outlines Council’s commitment to engaging with our young people and planning for the future.

The plan has four key goals:

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

Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan (409kb pdf) 

Youth action plan

One of the key outcomes from the youth engagement plan is to develop a youth action plan.

The youth advisory group consulted through face-to-face meetings and “O” week to gather relevant information from young people around what young people consider their top priorities to be for Tauranga.

Their findings were:

  1. Social Equity – mental health and wellbeing, housing, employment, cadetships and internships.
  2. Community Pride & Belonging – one annual youth event, increase youth voting.
  3. Healthy & Active – one sporting development opportunity, one annual lifestyle event for young people and the community.
  4. Safe & Resilient – facilitate one mental health forum, develop youth friendly mental health resources.
  5. Engaging & Partnerships – invite the mayor and councillors to attend youth advisory group meetings, facilitate one youth provider’s meeting annually. 

The group has been working hard to develop the youth action plan to meet these needs of young people with the support of Council. The youth action plan provides clear objectives of what the youth advisory group is trying to achieve for young people in Tauranga over the next three years.

Tauranga City Council Youth Action Plan (215kb pdf)


Last Reviewed: 31/01/2020
 

 
 

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