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Youth development

Tauranga is a fast growing and vibrant city full of opportunities. It is a great place for Rangatahi* to grow up, study, work and have fun.

Youth Spaces Feasibility Study

As part of the Community Centres Action and Investment Plan, we undertook a feasibility study to explore the need for and proposed function of a youth hub, or the potential to locate youth spaces alongside other facilities. We also explored how we can partner and work alongside existing youth providers to support increased connectivity across the city.

Community Centres Action and Investment Plan

We engaged widely with young people and services that work with young people to understand how the cultural and social wellbeing needs and aspirations of young people could be supported through a dedicated youth hub or network of hubs. The Youth Space Feasibility Study found that a purpose-built dedicated youth centre/centres is not currently required. The report recommended that the focus should be on developing partnership and collaboration to increase provision and accessibility of youth development and support services across the city in existing and planned community facilities. Read the full report below.

Youth Spaces Feasibility Study (10mb pdf)

Council and youth engagement

As Tauranga continues to grow, we need to make sure that our city develops to meet the needs of rangatahi and that the ideas and opinions young people are heard. Council is committed to making sure that rangatahi and the youth sector are aware of and engaged with council planning and processes.

TUIA Te Here Tangata

Following the announcement by Hon Nanaia Mahuta that a commission will be appointed for Tauranga City Council, we will be suspending the TUIA programme. This programme will be reviewed in later half of 2022.

Youth advisory group / Special interest group/ Youth Sector Hui 

The delivery of the youth advisory group has been disestablished. We are currently developing a youth special interest group that is open to anyone aged 24 years and under who reside in Tauranga City these meetings will be taking place once a quarter. In the later half of 2022 we will be working alongside youth sector partners to deliver a bi-monthly youth sector hui for all youth sector partners. If you are interested in attending either of these please contact Calvin Buttimore – Rangatahi Advisor – calvin.buttimore@tauranga.govt.nz.

Youth engagement plan

In 2016, the mayor and councillors approved the Tauranga Moana Rangatahi Youth Engagement Plan. Developed in collaboration with Rangatahi 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.

The youth action plan will be reviewed in late 2022. we will post up the reviewed plan in the very near future.

*In this context we define Rangatahi as between the ages of 12 to 24

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