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BMX Champ, TV Presenter for Bay of Plenty youth

26 September 2006

“National BMX Champion and TV Presenter join forces to highlight
importance of youth development in Eastern Bay of Plenty”


Eight-time BMX champion Lynette Tawhi and TV2 Lotto presenter Russell Harris together with the Kawerau community are bringing together a smorgasbord of entertainment and career opportunities to the Eastern Bay town later this month

The “Blue Light Whanau Extravaganza” organized by BLUE LIGHT (a group involving NZ Police, youth and other local agencies in Kawerau) is being held on the 15th of October, Prideaux Park from 10am-3pm.

“We’re expecting more than 2000 people at the event, which is about encouraging a safe and healthy community, strong positive spirit, and developing economy, which aligns with Kawerau District Councils LTCCP,” says Blue Light Coordinator Wes Allen.

It is estimated that over 60 sites will be utilised, ranging from food, clothing, craft stalls and organizations such as NZ Navy, Air Training Corps, Massey University and Bay of Plenty Polytechnic, who will be available for people to talk to about career and training opportunities.

“This combined with a performing arts show, BMX and skateboarding competitions, live bands and three on three basketball, will ensure a really exciting day out for the community,” says Mr Allen. “It gives young people and their families a safe but entertaining environment to discuss training and career options.”

Wes Allen says youth development is really important in Kawerau with 25% of the population aged between 10 and 25.

“It’s great to see a community coming together to support a positive initiative that encourages future development for youth and their families,” he says.

Background:

- Blue Light is responsible for a range of successful events in Kawerau including the popular “Fight for Life” in 2005

- Nearly 70% of the Kawerau population is Maori and the town has a high number of Rangatahi/youth ranging from various Iwi and cultural ethnicity.

- Of the 1,845 young people in Kawerau, 69% are Maori.

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