Rotorua Youth Council seeking passionate young people
Passionate young people who want to play an active role in shaping their communities are being encouraged to apply for a seat on the Rotorua Youth Council.
On 22 November, Rotorua Lakes Council voted in favour of re-establishing the popular Youth Council, which previously ran for 17 years and kindled the political passions of many, including Rotorua Mayor Tania Tapsell and Councillor Fisher Wang.
Applications for the 2024 Rotorua Youth Council are open now for locals between the ages of 15 and 20 who are interested in leadership development and serving the community.
Mayor Tapsell, who was a member of the Rotorua Youth Council for two years, says “We’re excited to re-establish a youth council.
“Decisions we make now impact young people into the future, so it makes sense for them to be part of shaping that.
“This aligns with Council’s priority for authentic engagement and shows young people that our Council values them and believes in their potential.”
Between 2000 and 2017, the Rotorua Youth Council led a number of positive community initiatives, most notably youth perspectives into Council decisions and a youth card that provided community service information and business discounts.
Fisher Wang was a Youth Councillor in 2016 and says the programme offers numerous benefits for participants, including youth development and a chance to build leadership skills.
“Rangatahi are passionate about complex issues that will have a big impact on their future and they want to have their views acknowledged and considered.
He says youth councils are a way to empower young people to actively participate in shaping their communities from a young age.
“You gain valuable leadership, teamwork, and communication skills, all while enhancing personal development and cultivating a sense of empowerment and commitment to positive change in your community.”
Recruitment began on November 23 and ends on January 8, 2024. Learn more about how to apply here.