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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

Applications now open!

We invite rangatahi Māori aged between 18 and 25 years, living in Tauranga to apply to take part in TUIA Te Here Tangata 2019.

Council is committed to creating opportunities for rangatahi. One of these opportunities is TUIA – a rangatahi Māori mentoring and development programme. 

If you are the successful applicant, over the course of the year you will:

  • be mentored by the Mayor and council staff
  • attend five leadership hui across Aotearoa
  • complete 100 hours of communty service or projects
  • attend formal and informal meetings
  • become a member of the Tauranga Youth Advisory Group.

How to apply?

Applicants need to send their CV and thoughts on the subject “How would you get youth to vote?” to council.

You can email paul.pou@tauranga.govt.nz, drop into our customer service centre at 91 Willow Street or post to:

TUIA Te Here Tangata application
Attention: Paul Pou
Tauranga City Council
91 Willow Street, Private Bag 12022
Tauranga 3143

All applicants need to read through the TUIA prospectus before submitting their nomination.

TUIA prospectus 2019 (1.8mb pdf)

Applicants can apply directly or be nominated by their school, iwi and hapū, whānau or community groups. 

Applications close at 5pm on Friday 15 February, with the selection panel making a final decision on Friday 21 February.

Youth advisory group

Applications are now closed

We have been on the hunt for individuals aged 14 – 24 to join our youth advisory group. Thank you to everyone who applied or nominated a young person.

We are currently working our way through the applications to fill the vacant positions – all successful applicants will be interviewed by the groups’ chair and deputy chair.

If you have applied, just sit back and relax, we’ll be in touch soon.

If you have any questions you can contact us on 07 577 7000.

About the group

We want 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 has brought together a group of passionate young people aged 14 to 24 who want to make a lasting impact on our city to form our first youth advisory group.

The group consists of 15 diverse, young people from different backgrounds, experiences and with different aspirations, but who all have the same goal; seeing Tauranga as a great place for young people to build their future.

The group meets every six weeks on a Wednesday, 4.30pm to 6pm. The meetings 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. 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.

Youth advisory group - terms of reference (442kb pdf)

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 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 (409kb pdf) 

Youth action plan

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 plan will provide ways for young people to contribute to the growth of our city, develop future leaders, and showcase the exceptional young people who are doing great things in Tauranga.

Last Reviewed: 12/02/2019

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