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New Website For Hamilton Youth

New Website For Hamilton Youth

A new website that was driven, designed and developed by local youth for local youth is now live at www.htwnyouth.co.nz.

The site aims to build a sense of community amongst young Hamiltonians aged 12-18 years by providing a virtual space in which they can connect with other young people, create their own social networking page (similar to Facebook or Bebo), upload photos and videos, start groups and share information about events taking place in the city. Since its launch on 4 October, www.htwnyouth.co.nz has already had dozens of members sign up, with non-members also able to access the site to browse the event calendar.

Hamilton City Council youth development team leader Michelle Howie said young people were pivotal in the concept and development of the new site.

“A Hamilton Youth Council member was contracted to design and construct the website, and the Youth Council was also a key part of the core project team,” she said.

“Also part of the core project team were representatives from Hamilton City Council’s community development unit, Waikato District Health Board, and local youth providers Whai Marama Youth Connex and Te Ahurei a Rangatahi. This group was then supported by wider project stakeholders including Ministry of Social Development, Ministry of Education, NZ Police and Te Puni Kokiri.”


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