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Break-Away for young people these school holidays

Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga
MP for Maungakiekie

14 December 2009
Media Statement

A Break-Away for young people these school holidays

Young people in Maungakiekie will benefit from the Break-Away programme these summer holidays, says National MP Peseta Sam Lotu-Iiga

“This programme will offer a range of sports and activities to young people who might not otherwise have the means or opportunity to take part,” the Maungakiekie MP says.

“We’re expecting around 2000 young people to take part in Maungakiekie, with activities ranging from gymnastics and cooking to singing and mountain biking.”

There are 26 community organisations running the programmes nationwide. There are 15,000 one-week placements for 11- to 17-year-olds in the January and April school holidays.

“I’m really pleased that young people in Maungakiekie will have this opportunity,” Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

The programme is part of the Break-Away package of youth initiatives announced by Prime Minister John Key in August.

“The school holiday programmes are an important part of the work this Government is doing to help young New Zealanders reach their potential,’’ Mr Lotu-Iiga says.

“The National-led Government is giving these young people a fun opportunity to do something different.”

For more information and a list of holiday programme providers please go to:
http://www.familyservices.govt.nz/working-with-us/programmes-services/youth-intervention/breakaway-school-holiday-programmes.htm

ENDS

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