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Inaugural Youth Environment Forum next week

Thursday 18 September, 2003
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Inaugural Youth Environment Forum next week

The inaugural national Youth Environment Forum will be held in Wellington next week – from September 24-27. The forum brings together 50 young people, in the 15-18 age group, from across New Zealand.

The forum provides the youth representatives with an opportunity to share regional perspectives on environmental issues, to visit some local environments and to ‘develop a plan of action’ to address real environmental issues – focusing on waste and oceans.

The representatives – from 16 regions – were selected by regional councils in consultation with the Ministry for the Environment. The councils used a number of ways to select representatives. For example, Taranaki Regional Council ran an essay competition, focusing on the area's key environmental issues and what young people think should be done to protect the environment, to select their representatives.

Environment Minister Marian Hobbs marked World Environment Day on June 5 by announcing the establishment of the national Youth Environment Forum.

Region Contacts Adult attending Student representatives
Northland Yvonne Rooney – NRC
Samara Sutherland
Vince Kerr Alexis Seon
Jenna Hansen
Emma Hackett
Auckland Hilary Chidlow – ARC
Drew McGuire - ARC Drew McGuire
Ben Harawira
Bella Burgess
Tania Hurley
Waikato Judy van Rossem – EW
Dean King – EW Dean King Kent Mickelson
Haley Mankelow
Holly Dove
Bay of Plenty Sarah McCorkindale-EBOP Hayley Johnstone
Antrim Duncan
Cleo Kennedy
Cory Andersen
Taranaki Graeme Phillips – TRC Graeme Phillips
Samantha Jamieson
Gemma Cartwright
Greg Severinsen
Gisborne Anne Lister Kayla Koia
George Mita
Hawkes Bay Megan Welsby Megan Welsby
Rowan Manhire-Heath
Jordon Williams
Leah Toombs
Horizons Tabitha Anthony Tabitha Anthony
YHA Jaime Grant
Sarah Peri
Cameron Cotter
Wellington Jane Bradbury – GW
Nigel Clarke – GW Sophie Laurs
Emma Russell
Nelson Anne Nicholson – NCC Councillor Denise Henigan
Anne Nicholson Megan Harte
Aquecla Mowjood
Lucy Petheram
Tasman Mike Tasman-Jones
Sharon Baxter Sharon Baxter
Brooke Connolly
Amelis Walker
Rowan Hindmarsh-Walls
Marlborough Lyne Johnson
Gavin Cooper Gavin Cooper
Claire Benjamin
Jacob Holland
Jarrod Hook
West Coast Chris Ingle Alice Delore
Jolene Johnston
Jessica Burns
Canterbury Phillipa Gardner
Barry Law Phillipa Gardner
Barry Law Sarah Lloyd-Forrest
Pippa Gardner
Emily Wiffen
Stacey Rendall
Annika de Ruiter
Otago Wayne Scott Tania McLean
Rachel Batchelor
Claire Emmerson
Brigid Ryan
Southland Nikki Waghorn Sally Edgerton
Holly Endicott-Davies
Julie Futter
Aimee Morison
Facilitators Lesley Woudberg – MfE
Linda Chronis - consultant
Pam Williams - VUW
Jo Campbell - VUW
Richard Goldsbrough Lesley Woudberg

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