We held a day trip for all year 9 students to travel to Adrenaline Forest in Christchurch. We received funding from the Ministry of Social Development's Community Capability and Resilience fund to hold events that will impact youth's wellbeing in a positive way. When talking to the year 9 students we found that many wanted a day out of school and something that was active! Hence, we planned the trip to Adrenaline Forest. The day was a hit - everyone had a heap of fun!
With our funding from the Ministry of Social Development we have been organising events that will uplift our local youth's wellbeing - a movie night at the Mayfair for our year 7&8s, a trip to Adrenaline Forest for our year 9 students...
and a trip to Hanmer for our year 10 students!
This was an awesome day, trying out the different waterslides and relaxing in the lazy river!
During youth week the 8th-16th of May with the theme of “we are stronger together”, the Kaikōura Youth Council held a quiz night. This night was held in the Bowling Club, and we had 8 teams participate. It was a night full of fun
Every year Youth Voice Canterbury hold #Activate - South Island Youth Connect. This is a weekend event that is open to all youth participation groups across the South Island. This year we sent three of our members to this event - they had a great time networking with members from other Youth Councils and attending workshops on ethics, governance and professional image, bi-cultural training and more!
During the first term we held a movie night at the Mayfair where we played Tom and Jerry. This night was for our year 7 and 8 students. We had 54 out of 60 year 7 and 8 students come to the event. We have had very good feedback from the students saying they would like more events like it and parents who were almost in disbelief that the KYC were holding an event for their kids for free.
Overall it was an awesome night, and we are glad to believe that we accomplished our goal of uplifting young people's wellbeing!
On the 20th March, one of our youth members attended a Youth Audit Team Leader training in Christchurch. Throughout the course we explored what makes a space youth friendly and accessible. Youth Voice Canterbury and the Revision Project will support Kaikōura Youth Council to audit spaces locally. The process involves a team of young people who are both regular and irregular users of a space (eg the Library) following a set audit at two different times (ie Monday after school and Saturday morning) to gauge the differences at those times, then holding a youth forum about the space. The team’s results are collated and a report is produced outlining the results and making recommendations that can make the space more youth friendly. An audit is quite time consuming and is paid for by the organisation requesting the audit.
This was an awesome opportunity for our member and will hopefully be of huge benefit to the community and the youth who use spaces in our town!
We had Viane Makalio come to run a facilitation and engagement workshop with youth in Kaikōura. This was an awesome full day workshop. We covered some basic theory, and spent lots of time playing games and learning practical facilitation skills! This was well worth the time to attend, and we can't wait for the next time we get Viane and his crew back in Kaikōura!
This was a gorgeous day downtown! We had members running a free face painting stall at the festival - panda bears and rainbows were our most popular choices!
Four of our members recently spent three full on days in Christchurch at New Zealand Model Parliament, hosted by UN Youth. This national event for secondary school students focused on New Zealand's parliamentary system. Attendees experienced the process of a bill becoming legislation through the House of Representatives by taking on the role of a Member of Parliament and debating interesting, pressing and relevant issues.
Working in Select Committees, they learnt about specific areas of NZ politics (eg Maori affairs, Environment, Justice) and applied this knowledge to a mock bill, debating whether or not to codify and entrench New Zealand's constitution.
All four youth came away with a far greater understanding of politics in NZ and a desire to take part in more events like this. The opportunity to think big, debate, hone public speaking skills and hang out with other like-minded youth was amazing!
Owen Thornton represented as a Labour MP for Christchurch East, in the Justice Select Committee.
Rocco Cullen represented as a Labour MP for the Hauraki-Waikato electorate, in the Environment Select Committee.
Noah Bentley represented as a National MP for the East Coast electorate, in the Maori Affairs Select Committee.
Petra Jellyman represented as a National MP for the Northland electorate, in the Maori Affairs Select Committee.