Youth Committee


Whanganui District Council’s Youth Committee is the ‘Best Youth Council in New Zealand’, as awarded a​t the 2012 Youth in Local Government Awards!

About The Youth Committee

The role of the Youth Committee is to: 

  • Represent the community’s young people
  • Develop a strategic direction for Whanganui youth
  • Promote opportunities for youth participation
  • Develop and monitor policy on youth issues
  • Provide opportunities for youth to contribute to the decision-making of the Whanganui District Council
  • Advise the Council on matters of interest for youth in the Whanganui District​

How does the Youth Committee work?

The Youth Committee meets regularly to discuss and find solutions for issues that are important for young people. Formal meetings are held every six weeks in the Council Chambers, while informal meetings to talk about ideas, promotions, and projects are held every alternate six weeks.

Each year, the Youth Committee advertises for new members. There are 18 seats on the Committee, which are filled as they become available. Youth Councillors usually serve between one to three years. At the start of each Council term, the Mayor appoints a Whanganui District Councillor to represent the Council on the Youth Committee. The Co-Chairs provide a report direct to Council ensuring that the views of young people are heard by the Mayor and the District Councillors.

The Youth Committee was established in 2006.​

Youth Committee Terms of Reference

How do I get involved?

Youth Committee membership is open to all Whanganui District residents between the ages of 12 and 24 years. The opportunity to ‘speak up and be heard’ is promoted across schools, alternative education providers, tertiary institutes, the workforce and the wider community to ensure the Youth Committee is representative of our diverse youth community.

​Visit the Youth Committee Facebook page​ to find out what we have been up to.

Youth Councillors 2019

Ahimsha Saravanapavan (co-chair)
Mia Perkins (co-chair)
Ariana Cronshaw
Brianne Drefko
Charith De Silva
Charlotte Hardy

Firooze Colaabavala
Harris Khan
Jonty Tripe
Nikita Ebbutt-Moorhouse
Sophie Archer

Council appointee: Cr Josh Chandulal-Mackay; Wanganui Rural Community Board representative David Matthews (speaking rights)

Page reviewed: 06 Sep 2019 2:28pm