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Whanganui District Council’s Youth Committee is the ‘Best Youth Council in New Zealand’, as awarded at the 2012 Youth in Local Government Awards!
The role of the Youth Committee is to:
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
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.
Saravanapavan (co-chair)Mia Perkins (co-chair)Ahimsha Saravanapavan
Council appointee: Cr Josh Chandulal-Mackay; Wanganui Rural
Community Board representative David Matthews (speaking rights)
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