Local Govt | National News Video | Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Search


Local government engaging with youth

23 July 2014

For immediate release

Local government engaging with youth

Generation Y (those born between 1984 and 2002) are a demographic that have big ideas and a ‘fresh’ perspective, but their representation and engagement with local government has not always reflected this.

Local Government New Zealand (LGNZ) held an in-depth master class session on how councils can engage with youth as part of its conference at Nelson, for specialised council staff, elected members and local government stakeholders.

The session used the expertise and personal experience of young councillors to highlight the ways in which local authorities can engage with their younger residents effectively.

Speakers included Porirua City Council Deputy Mayor Ana Coffey, Dunedin City Council Councillor Jinty MacTavish, Connecting Generations Speaker and Coach Johny O’Donnell, Ministry of Youth Development Manager of Youth Engagement Kathryn Maxwell, Westland District Council Councillor Latham Martin, Rotorua District Council Councillor Tania Tapsell and Generation Zero Auckland Director Dr Sudhvir Singh.

The master class session included a case study examining how the views and work of Generation Zero, a nationwide youth organisation with a view of promoting and enabling the transition to a low-carbon future, fed into the Auckland Unitary Plan.

“This session provided unique insight into generational differences in aspirations and how to engage positively with youth,” LGNZ President Lawrence Yule says.

A strong theme that came through from the session was that young people need to be included right from the start of council processes and not just brought in as a token gesture and late on in the process; this is vital as a way of future proofing our communities.

“Our youth of today are our generation of tomorrow and every issue is a ‘youth issue’. It extends beyond skate parks and graffiti removal projects, it’s also about recognising the importance of intergenerational relationships. We need to retain the institutional wisdom of our more age advanced elected members while also fostering the innovation that youth perspectives provide,” Mr Yule says.

The 2014 LGNZ Conference took place 20-22 July at Nelson, with more than 550 local government delegates attending to take part in master class sessions, hear presentations from high profile speakers about significant issues and opportunities facing the sector. The theme of the conference was Powering Local Economies, Building Vibrant Communities.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Q+A Transcript: Groser ‘Not Expecting’ Failure At UN Climate Talks

‘I will be very surprised if we don’t get an agreement. I think it’s a completely different situation to Copenhagen for a number of reasons. We’ve got a much more realistic negotiating proposal on the table. Secondly, I think the science has strengthened...’ More>>


Greenpeace Protest:

Climate Talks, Immigration And Housing: PM's Post Cabinet Press Conference

Prime Minister John Key began by talking about his recent attendance at the APEC and ASEAN summits. He segued neatly from the opportunities available in Vietnam to outlining his upcoming itinerary which includes Malta, Paris and Berlin. More>>


After Urgent Law Change: Beneficiaries Urged To Act Immediately

I am hoping that thousands more people will be enabled to lodge their review... people without internet, who don't even realise that this has been happening. If just a fraction of the people on facebook can help others to put in reviews tomorrow it could improve so many more peoples Christmas. More>>


Auckland: Phil Goff To Run For Mayor In 2016

Phil Goff has today announced his decision to stand as an Independent candidate for Mayor of Auckland next year... As Mayor, Phil Goff will focus on a number of issues that directly impact on the lives of Aucklanders, including tackling traffic congestion and increasing the housing supply. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Mike Moore To Step Down As US Ambassador

Yvonne and I are giving notice to MFAT that we will be leaving the Post just before Christmas on the 16th December... I am now the longest serving continuous Ambassador to the US. I didn’t seek this job but felt I should do it because great issues were at stake. The time was ripe for it. More>>


Fox Glacier: Seven Dead In Helicopter Crash

The operation to recover the victims of Saturday’s helicopter crash at Fox Glacier is a technically challenging task calling for specialist skills in an unforgiving environment, says operation commander Inspector John Canning. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news