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Livin it up for Youth Week in Manukau

Media release
28 August 2002

Livin it up for Youth Week in Manukau

Have you considered joining a youth working party in your community? Have you wondered about the various activities and services available in your community that support young people in their daily endeavours?

National Youth Week is from 2 to 8 September 2002 to which Manukau youth have provided the catch phrase “Livin’ it up”. There are a number of events happening in the Counties Manukau area to ensure that young people and the young at heart are entertained and informed during the week.

Manukau City Council is hosting a ‘Youth Stand’ at the West Mall, Westfield Shopping Centre, Manukau on Thursday 5 September, 9am to 9pm.

Paul Peteru, Community Advisor, says that the stand will provide information to young people about how to become more actively involved in their communities. “We’ll have advice about how to access information through the Council’s community information database, along with information on education, health and employment.”

Council’s Community Advisors, representatives from community and government agencies, and local celebrities will staff the stand. Mr Peteru says, “The stand is about assisting young people to make informed choices in their lives, and is part of Council’s strategy to build stronger and healthier communities.”

Other Youth Week activities will be held at Council’s leisure centres and community facilities around the city. These include an evening with "Qwik n Ezy" the breaking crew who recently won the national break dancing competition. They’re heading to Germany for the world champs and are holding a "breakathon" on Saturday, September 7 at the Clendon Community Centre to held fundraise for the trip.

The Pakuranga Youth Centre has great events coming up in September and October. On Friday 6th September the centre is hosting a Breakdance competition, organised by the Howick Youth Working Party. A number of school groups are entered, celebrities will be there to judge and help make a great atmosphere for this exciting Youth Week event. Some of the top breaking crews in the Auckland region will be on hand.

On 27 September DJ Bounce hosts the youth centre’s Mini-Nationals Breakdance Competition. Some of the country’s best breakers will show the rest of us how the pros move, and there’ll be a special appearance by Qwik n Ezy and judging by Nesianmystics, Four Corners and Jahrome. Don’t miss it.

Further ahead, the centre is planning an ‘all-nighter’ event for 10-19 year-olds on 18-19 October. $10 tickets cover movies, games and food.

Call the Pakuranga Youth Centre for more information on any of these events.

Not officially part of Youth Week, but still including youth activities, the Papatoetoe Youth and Family Day kicks off on 21 September. It is being held again this year in response to its outstanding success last year. Mystery games, Fire Service demonstrations, martial arts demonstrations, clowns, variety show concert, and community service providers static displays are all on at the Allan Brewster Recreation Centre.

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