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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 are excited to announce that Tauranga City Council will again participate in TUIA Te Here Tangata 2020. We invite rangatahi Māori aged between 18 and 25 years, living in Tauranga Moana to apply to take part in the programme.

TUIA is an intentional, long term, intergenerational approach to develop and enhance the way in which rangatahi Māori contribute to Tauranga and communities throughout New Zealand. The programme builds a national network of support for rangatahi to help them serve our community.

Council staff will mentor a young Maori leader from Tauranga 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.

Our TUIA representative will be expected to undertake a 100-hour community contribution project. This can be made up of many small projects, one large project or a combination; with one organisation or many. The goal of this community project is for rangatahi to be able to share their experience, practice new strategies, obtain peer support and demonstrate leadership skills.

Rangatahi will also attend five, three-day wānanga in different parts of the country over the year to build networks, obtain support and receive exposure to a diverse range of people from across the country.

Who is eligible to apply? 

The rangatahi must: 

  • be aged between 18-25 years
  • be actively involved in contributing to the wellbeing of their community at some level
  • be able to commit to being involved in this part-time programme of three-three day and two-four day wānanga (leadership forum) over a period of 12 months
  • have support from others to participate in the programme (whanau /hapu/pakeke/employers/community etc)
  • be open minded and willing to contribute to discussions and workshops
  • be well-organised and have the ability to manage their time and commitments effectively.

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 community 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 make Tauranga, a more youthful city?” to:


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

Or drop into our customer service centre at 91 Willow Street.

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

TUIA prospectus (1.7kb pdf)

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

Applications close at 5pm on 8 November 2019, with the selection panel making a final decision on 13 December 2019.

Youth advisory group

Applications open

Are you passionate about young people having a say on the future of Tauranga? Are you keen to be involved and give a youth's perspective on key council projects?

We are looking for individuals aged 14 – 24 to join our Youth Advisory Group. The group meets every three weeks on a Wednesday, 5pm to 7pm at council’s offices in Willow Street.

This is your chance to have your say on important topics – such as transport, recreation, culture and creativity – and make a lasting difference in our city.

Applications close at 5pm on 8 November 2019.

Apply or nominate now

About the group

The youth advisory group has been active since 2016. The group consist of 15 young people from across Tauranga aged between 14 and 24, from all different backgrounds. This adds vibrancy and experience with the same goal in mind; to see Tauranga be a great place for young people to build their future and to have a youth voice in decision making.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of every month from 5pm to 7pm. They engage with elected members, council staff, other advisory groups within council, and provide input into policies and strategies.

The group also creates submissions and develops ideas and initiatives that help increase youth participation in all areas.

If you would like to learn more about our youth advisory group, please get in touch with our youth advisor on 07 577 7000.

Youth engagement plan

In 2016, elected members 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 elected members 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: 17/09/2019


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