What Youth Councils Do
Rangitikei District Council is excited to be setting up its first Youth Council in 2019. Youth Councils are a formal body made up of youth who advise Councillors from a youth perspective. It is an opportunity for youth to work alongside Councillors and council, get more involved in solving local problems and actively engage in the community. It further provides a platform for you to have input on policies AND direct access to the policy makers. If this sounds like you keep an eye on this section of your website for updates on the process and how to get involved.
Your Youth Councillors
Ko Rangitumau te maunga. Ko Ruamahanga te awa. Ko Takitimu te waka. Ko Kahungunu tōku iwi. Ko Ngai Tahu tōku hapū. Ko Te Ore Ore tōku marae. Ko Te Kura o Taihape tōku kura. Nō Te Papaioea ahau. Ko Erika tōku ingoa.
I attend Taihape Area School where I am currently the co-Head Girl and I am 17 years old. As the Chairperson of Rangitīkei’s first ever Youth Council, I am so excited and optimistic to be a representative for the thousands of teenagers and young adults in our district. I hope you can support us as we encourage positive changes and initiatives in our community, and on behalf of the Rangitīkei Youth Council – I must say thank you to everyone for making the Rangitīkei District what it is today. The community spirit, lively atmosphere and supportive environment gave us the confidence and ability to be who we are today: young, passionate leaders who are dedicated to the betterment of our District.
Kathryn Atkinson Fleming
I’m 15 and I go to NgaTawa Diocesan in Marton.
I joined the Rangitikei Youth council because I saw it as a good opportunity to be a part of a team that impacts youth over the Rangitikei district.
Some interesting things about me is that I enjoy sports such as rowing and football.
I see myself to be very outgoing, confident and positive.
Hi, my name is Caryse Clark. I am the Secretary of the Rangitīkei Youth Council, appointed by the Chairperson. This opportunity to voice the youth’s opinion in both the Council and community. I have so far thoroughly enjoyed everything that has come with the role and I will continue to as the Youth Council takes part in community events and issues. I look forward to working with my fellow youth this year.
Makayla Faalogo Ifo Vaa
I am really passionate about giving our young youth a voice as well as giving back to our community. I want to make a difference for youth because I believe that our voices need to be heard as we are the future and also the future of the Rangitīkei. I like helping others in our community feel that they belong in society. Also, I want everyone in the community to feel comfortable and safe in the environment they are living in.
Hunter van der Jaggt
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Hi, my name is Reihania Hemi. I am 17 years old, go to Cullinane College and live at Ratana Paa. I joined Youth Council because I was interested to learn abou the structure and how things work for the district from a political perspective. I also wanted to prove a point to other youth that our perspectives and our ideas deserve to be heard and treasured. I enjoy doing kapa haka, hanging with friends, shopping, and binge watchign programmes. As a career, I would love to become a cultural anthropologist.
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Hi, my name is Charly and I attend Rangitīkei College. I am super enthusiastic about making a positive impact for our youth and being a role model citizen for all. Wtih Youth Council first meeting the day of the Christchurch Mosque attack I thought it was imperitive we show unity and led our first project in planting a commemorative garden at Marton Memorial Park with 51 plants symbolising the 51 lives lost. I enjoy enjoy art, swimming and archery. I joined Youth Council beacuase we are the future and i want to have an impact on the community.
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The Rangitīkei Youth Council is for youth aged 14-24 who are interested in being a proactive in the community and communicating and being the voice of youth within Council and with Elected Members. Check in regularly for the updates and how to get involved.