got the opportunity to attend the Youth Action Plan for Christchurch event organised by Youth
Voice Canterbury on 14 th December 2016. The event was held at the CCC function room to discuss
what need to be done to improve youth wellbeing and how to do it. Young people from different
backgrounds came to this meeting to share their opinion and thoughts with city’s leaders. At the
beginning of the event, we did some group activities to get to know each other. During the event,
everyone sat in groups with city councillors and Mayor to discuss the youth action plan.
In my group, two city councillors sat with us and we discussed about below topics:
How City council can relate to youth
My group presented the idea to the councillors of having Youth Community Boards in every ward
like Spreydon- Cashmere youth community board. The city councillors were on board with the idea
and said they want to make it happen next year. It was a great idea to increase the youth
representation at the CCC and a great way for council to relate to youth.
Under youth wellbeing we discussed about the importance of keeping a well balance between
mental and physical health among youth. In addition, we also talked about the housing and public
transportation which are related to the youth wellbeing. Some of the suggestions we came up with
to improve youth wellbeing were,
Open a youth centre with sport complex for young people to hangout
Conduct workshops and Q&A sessions for youth
Frequent meetings with youth organisations and youth representative from every ward in
Well trained youth advisory group
Quality and affordable housing to improve living standards
Safe, affordable, and improved public transportation system
Continues cycle lanes around the city
Provide transportation to the proposed youth centre from anywhere in the city so every
young people have a way to get there
Improve security at bus stops
Make everyone feel safe and belong in the city
The event was a great opportunity for young people to have their say and share their vision for the
future Chch. This event showed young people that city’s leaders care about their opinion and willing
to work with them. It was a great encouragement for the youth and looking forward to many more
events like this to come.
By: Sasindu Anjula.
Yesterday, I, as well as many other passionate youth, attended the Youth Action Plan for Christchurch. In this event, we started off by playing games and getting to know everyone there. We got to create our own youth space to see in Christchurch with the help of people from What Now. My group came up with the idea that the reason why so many kids go to places like the bus exchange or the mall is because almost every bus goes there. We decided to have the youth space be near the city center so it is easy to get to. Most youth are bored, and there are parks for smaller kids in the city, but not really anything for teens. With the help of members of the city council, we created a two-story building, with many rooms in it, so that people don't get bored. Some of the rooms consisted of a gym, a room to find out more information about employment, a lounge, a garden outside, and a wellbeing room.
On the topic of jobs, most youth, like me, want to get a career but can't since they don't know where to go. We were thinking we'd have an event monthly where local businesses and employers show up to promote their workplace. Also, on the topic of wellbeing, we said that youth are too afraid to openly talk about their feelings. People need to realize that there are places to go for help, and we would have a whole room dedicated for information about mental health, and places to talk about feelings and emotions.
Later in the day, city councilors joined us and talked about policy and changes we would like to see implemented in Christchurch. My group came up with the idea that cheaper or even free buses would increase the use of public transport, leading to a sustainable future. We decided that we would have a week in Christchurch where all the buses were free or at a lower fare, to see if it would work. I get driven to school everyday, and it's much better for the environment to take the bus. Some people from the group I was in considered having buses to "order" from the council. The idea of this would be that a safe, qualified bus driver would get a call asking to be driven to a place in the city. Members thought of this idea since you see lots of empty buses in our city, which isn't good for the environment.
Another policy we considered was lowering the voting age for interested teens. We thought up the policy, with the help of the mayor and another council member. The main idea was that the voting age shouldn't be lowered nationally for everyone, since people would probably vote for the most popular meme. But, for teens like me who are interested in politics, there would be a way for us to register to vote. The process would be through the city council, and would have to prove that they don't take voting as a joke. The future of New Zealand and our politics affect us, but we have no say in it by a vote, and I wish to change that. A councilor said that youth interested in politics know more than old people who don't really care, but they get a vote and we don't.
On the topic of environment, we put in place ideas about cleaning up our waterways, and putting more solar panels in our city, to assure a sustainable future.
After selfies, chats about policy, and eating way too much free food, the event closed. I felt inspired to create change in our city and wrote emails to MPs about the ideas discussed in the Youth Action Plan. Working with the Christchurch Youth Council, the Christchurch Youth Movement, and Youth Voice Canterbury was an amazing experience. We all collaborated and shared our thoughts and ideas to eachother and members of the city council. With all us working together we can create a sustainable, youth friendly Christchurch. I would like to thank all of the organizations yesterday that joined together to make real change in our city.
- Azaria Howell
Very excited to have celebrated another successful year!
This event was an opportunity for whanau, and friends of CYC to come along and hear what we have been up to for the year. We also produced our annual report, which you can view online in our resources section.
This is also the time to thank and farewell many of the CYC team, with many of our long standing CYC team stepping down and handing over the reigns. Congratulations and thank you to the 2016 co-chairs Alice Ridley and Kaitlyn White who have both been celebrated with lifetime memberships to CYC.
This was an opportunity to welcome the new CYC executive to the team and vote on the officer roles. We are happy to announce:
Kendra Burgess-Naude (Co-chair)
Tei Driver (Co-chair)
Aiyana Manson-King (Secretary)
Stacey Lee McConway
Looking forward to an exciting 2017!
On the 26th and 27th of September, the Christchurch Youth Council with support from Youth Voice Canterbury and PYLAT hosted Youth Focus: Local Election Q&A 2016. The purpose of Youth Focus was to involve youth in the process of voting for the next local government and hearing the opinions of candidates on youth issues. Young people are the future in any community, and their voices need to be heard at all times but especially during an election period. We were very lucky to have such strong support from different community groups including the locations of both events the Undercroft at the University of Canterbury and St John of God Waipuna. Many candidates running for a position in council and boards were very supportive in their attendance and promotion. We aimed for Youth Focus to be an environment that young people felt invited to speak and/ or listen to what plans for the future of Christchurch. The formality of other events can turn away youth and we hoped to create a friendly event that would support youth engagement. The atmosphere of Youth Focus was one of discussion and collaboration that we hope continues in the coming years with the elected members of the council and community boards. There was a positive turnout at both events that will develop a stronger relationship between youth and local government. Candidates offered very innovative ideas for youth engagement in their community that we look forward to seeing develop.
Key topics and ideas discussed at Youth Focus included
These ideas are important efforts that will support the process of reconnecting youth with local government. The excitement over youth engagement could flourish into future events and discussion that will assist the rebuild of Christchurch. The event of Youth Focus was a step in the right direction to enhance the participation of young people in Christchurch both in national and local government process.
On the 15th of September we invited all potential and existing CYC members to an orientation evening. This gave potential new members a chance to meet and greet the team, find out more about the member role and CYC as an organisation, and ultimately see if CYC is a good fit for them!
With an awesome attendance response from all, we kicked off the night with the formal stuff. Letting the new guys know what our expectations are, what we strive to achieve and why we do it. This was received well, and enthusiasm stayed high!
Next came the fun stuff, in a speed dating style, we organised ourselves into groups of two and spent a minute talking to each other about some important and some less important questions for rangatahi in Christchurch - ‘Does pineapple belong on Pizza?’, ‘Trump or Hillary?’, ‘What are your two favourite things about Christchurch?’ and ‘What are some best ways for young people to keep on track with their wellbeing?’. This gave us a cool insight into other people's perspective, what is important to them and how they can see themselves working toward making Otautahi an awesome place!
After a whole lot of pizza, we used this opportunity to launch our ‘focus groups’ - an initiative which we are replace last year's ‘passion projects’. We found that while passion projects saw many successful projects to completion, it may be more effective to link up those passionate average about similar things into focus groups. We launched three group focusing on wellbeing, civics and environment. These focus groups will be the go to group for external organisations, will be leading on their related events and submissions, and overall champions of each section.
The night was thoroughly successful and enjoyable. We are pleased to announce our 15 new members:
We are very excited to see what our new members and focus groups will be able to achieve in the coming months!
After almost two years of hard work, our employee Laura Hatwell made the decision to move on from the Christchurch Youth Council. We will miss her and have fond memories of working with her, but wish her all the best and hope she attains all the success she deserves.
This meant that we had a vacancy in the Christchurch Youth Council. This gave many of us our first taste of being on the other side of the hiring process. We formed a focus group and then with the help of our experienced advisory group; we went through the process of tweaking job specs, advertising, short listing, creating interview questions and interviewing. This process taught us skills which will help us gain confidence and understanding in our own future work, academic and extracurricular applications.
We are happy to introduce our new employee Kate Burgess who started at the Christchurch Youth Council on the 8th August 2016. We are very excited to see her support us in our future endeavours! If you want to meet her feel free to get in touch firstname.lastname@example.org :)
Date and Time: 1 August 2016, 6.00pm-8.30pm
Venue: EPIC Innovation Centre
On August 1 at 6.00pm we kicked off our second S.O.Y event- Slice of Youth 2.0. This month’s Slice of Youth focused on the theme of Sustainability and Martina Moroney, member of the Christchurch Youth Council, was our lively MC for the night.
Louis Go- Cultivate Waste
Our first speaker, Louis Go, spoke about his involvement with Cultivate Waste. Inspired by the large amount of everyday food wastage and lack of a green waste collection in the CBD, Louis was motivated to develop Cultivate Waste. His organisation collects organic waste from the CBD in their own specialised bins and takes it to a farm where it is turned into compost. The bins are innovatively transferred via an electric bike and trailer, to further promote sustainability and a healthy environment. They also clean some CBD business bins to make them more appealing to people when throwing away their rubbish.
Louis also talked about his involvement in the ‘Live the Dream’ programme. ‘Live the Dream’ developed the entrepreneurial skills of young people who want to make a change. This programme allowed him to turn his food collection service- which he began a year before his involvement in this programme- into a growing business. He now works with two other students to keep the business moving and is hoping to expand it further to more inner city businesses.
Cultivate Waste is a fantastic example of what a group of people can do to have a positive impact on the environment. Sustainability is very relevant to Christchurch as it rebuilds after the earthquakes. Small businesses like these can make a significant change in the sustainability of the city and work to develop a healthier environment. We are very grateful to have a young change-maker like Louis come and speak to us and reinforce the idea of a sustainable Christchurch.
Anzac Gallate, Nola Smart and Beth Melchers- Cashmere High School Sustainability
Our second speakers were Anzac Gallate, Nola Smart and Beth Melchers- students at Cashmere High School who are on the sustainability council at their school. They spoke to us about winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize 2016 in the Global High Schools Oceania category and the process they undertook to earn this award. The prize was launched in 2008 to represent the sustainability visions of Sheikh Zayed and the winner of the high school category wins $100,000 to spend on making their school sustainable. Previous winners of the award are Al Gore, Liter of Light, and Panasonic so this was an outstanding achievement by Cashmere High School.
After the 2011 earthquakes, the school was inspired to become a leading school in sustainability for New Zealand. They started their ecoDriver project in 2012 and began by installing smart metres to analyse electricity consumption. Wireless probes transmit data to the ecoDriver website for analysis and six smart metres measure the electricity used across school blocks every 30 minutes. The data is then displayed around school on LED screens for the students to see. Students also ran a ‘Switch Off’ campaign which encouraged both students and teachers to turn off lights when they weren’t in the room or not needed. From a simple task like this, the school managed to reduce their energy consumption by 10%. They also installed LED lights around the school as part of this campaign which saved another 20% on energy consumption.
To earn the Zayed Future Energy Prize, the students introduced a three-phase project for energy saving. The first phases focuses on solar energy generation, the second on wind energy generation and the third on Piezoelectric energy generating floor tiles. The most noticeable of the three phases is the installation of a solar panel array in July 2016. The 25kw solar grid was installed on top of buildings positioned to get maximum sunlight and it has a potential generation of 32,500kWh per year.
Through this fantastic work in making their school more sustainable, Cashmere High School earned the Zayed Future Energy Prize and intend to continue creating a more sustainable school environment. It was great to have Anzac, Nola and Beth speak to us about their sustainability projects and see that there a youth in Christchurch really working to create a more environmentally-friendly and sustainable future.
Our shout session is for people were at the event and wanted to do a 20 second shout out, letting us know if there was something to get involved in in Christchurch or offering their services. Thanks to everyone who did a shout out!
April McLennan, the founder of Limitless, spoke briefly about the ‘Live the Dream’ programme. This programme is a young social enterprise accelerator and are currently taking applications for their 2016/17 programme. Applications close soon so if you are interested in this programme, apply now! You can apply here: http://livethedream.org.nz/apply/
Alice Ridley, co-chair of the Christchurch Youth Council, spoke about CYC who are looking to recruit new General Members. If you would like to get involved in the city and have a voice in your community, then this could be the perfect opportunity for you to do just that! Applications close on 23 August at 11:59pm. To apply click here: http://www.chchyouthcouncil.org.nz/join.html
Martina Moroney, co-chair of the One School Network (OSN) also did a shout out. OSN is an organisation of students across the Christchurch community. She asked a question which she would love some opinions on- What is the biggest sector lacking help within the Christchurch community? If you have an opinion to share with her then message her via the Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/OneSchoolNetwork/?fref=ts
Festival for the Future is a weekend dedicated to young entrepreneurs, activists and other inspiring people from all aspects of the community. More than 550 people attended the festival in 2015 and they have incredible speakers from across New Zealand. Tickets sold out very early last year, so if this event interests you, check out their website! http://www.festivalforthefuture.org.nz/
Singularity University summit is held in Christchurch from the 14-16 November this year. The summit brings together ‘the world’s top speakers and experts on exponentially accelerating technologies together with New Zealand and Australia’s leaders of today and tomorrow.’ The tickets are normally $2000 for adults but High School students have cheaper prices and it is discounted for young people. If you’re looking for a world-class event to attend, then have a look at their website here: http://www.singularityunz.com/
Jess from UC briefly informed us about the Fossil Free Divest club at the University of Canterbury. If you’re heading to UC next year and want to get involved in a club that promotes a sustainable planet, have a look at their Facebook page! https://www.facebook.com/groups/845142632225514/
Gap Filler is working on creating some temporary projects in the Eastern frame of the city. If you’re interested in being a part of this, contact Martina Moroney or Kaitlyn White from the Christchurch Youth Council.
Date and time : 28th May 2016 at 6:30-8:00
Venue : EPIC Innovation Centre
Our MC for the night was the lovely Katie McMahon, executive member of the Christchurch Youth Council
April McLennan - Limitless
April spoke about her project Limitless. Limitless is a program which April Founded in early 2016, having brought this idea to life when she took part in the Live the Dream social enterprise course. It was there that she realised that most of us will spend 80,000 hours working yet the majority of us don’t like or enjoy the jobs we do. April then decided to do something about that.
Limitless has 2 parts, part 1 is an event incorporating workshops that exist to equip students with an awareness of their strengths & passions and give them goal setting skills to succeed. The event will also feature talks by inspirational individuals who do work they are passionate about. She’s recently announced the dates for her event, October 13th and 14th where she will bring together 200 Year 10 students.
Part 2 is an ICT portal that will connect event attendees with opportunities for development such as work experience, mentoring, skills for success, youth initiatives they can join and more. April and her team will be collaborating with current successful youth organizations to be the middle man that connects the right people to the right opportunities.
Also on the horizon is Limitless currently being in the process of registering as a charitable trust. April is an inspiring speaker, changing the view of many in the room as to what young people can achieve. We look forward to seeing what she will do in the future.
Renea Mackie - Developster
Website : https://developster.io/
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Renea spoke about Developster: Connecting Teenage Entrepreneurs. Developster is a relatively new project, being developed by students at Ao Tawhiti Unlimited Discovery School. Starting from students playing around with designing apps, a class was specifically designed and led by Renea to allow students to have time during school to dedicate towards this work. Each student has particular skills, whether it be graphic design, coding, the likes. Renea works as the ‘teen unicorn herder’ with the students, Caleb (Business Developster), Kaleb (Junior front-end developer), Eiko (Graphic Designer, PR and Marketing), Asher (Head Developer, Fullstack), and Ben (Project Manager, Filmmaker). With their youngest team member being 14, this team has a huge amount of potential! Our favourite blog post from the team is ‘Goodbye Nights and Weekends - Hello Start-Up World!’’ which can be found at https://www.developster.io/post/untitled-3
Developster is still a work in progress. We were fortunate enough to have Eiko present as well, who discussed what it’s like to be able to undertake this project in the classroom, the opportunities to get NCEA credits for the work they do, and the incredible people they have as mentors. Various organisations or entrepreneurs have worked closely by offering advice or mentoring for the team. There is also interest overseas, with students from Australia looking to replicate the same classroom model in their own communities. Renea highlighted how the concept is for anyone - it can be adapted and changed to suit your needs. We were in awe of Developster’s achievements, and look forward to seeing its progress! We also love the emphasis on different means of education, and many of those in attendance discussed the possibility of their own schools developing such opportunities.
We had the chance to hear heaps of fantastic shout outs! Thanks to all of you who got involved. We've only published the ones we have contact details for, so if your shout out isn't up here, get in touch and we can add it in.
- Martina Moroney from One School Network spoke about their relaunch! OSN is a way to connect leaders of various Christchurch schools together. If you have an initiative you think all schools should work together on i.e. food banks, or looking to join, check out their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/OneSchoolNetwork/?fref=ts
- Bounce.org.nz looking for volunteers! If you're keen to be involved in this awesome organisation which focuses on wellbeing, get in touch! Check out their Facebook to find out more about what they're up to: https://www.facebook.com/bounce.org.nz/?fref=ts
- Calling all those looking to start up an enterprise or needing to chat about an idea! Want help making your dreams become a reality? Ministry of Awesome has an in-house Start-Up Activator who can help you see your idea become something incredible. Check out their website: http://ministryofawesome.com
- Christchurch Youth Council's Secretary, Liam Stretch, is passionate about creating youth spaces in Christchurch, and is looking to connect keen young people that want to be involved in the process. If this is your thing, contact Liam at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Student Volunteer Army (SVA) offers volunteering opportunities throughout Christchurch. If you're a high school student looking for ways to get hours in for volunteering, SVA can help! www.sva.org.nz
- Christchurch City Libraries is embracing the message that libraries are about more than books, and are looking for feedback as to how they can improve what they offer and libraries can be a more youth friendly space. Got an idea? Head to your local library and let them know!
- Emi Tapley is a trained Yoga instructor, looking to teach people about mindfulness. To find her teaching timetable or to enquire about booking Emi for classes, get in contact via her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groundednessyoga/?fref=ts
- Zac Porter from Christchurch District Health Board (CDHB) Youth Advisory Council spoke of what the YAC does and that they're looking for new members. If you're a young person that has been through the health system and looking to be involved in positive change, check out their Facebook page to get in touch: https://www.facebook.com/CDHB-Youth-Advisory-Council-579162268853418/?fref=ts
Photo credit to Erica Austin, Peanut Productions Photography.
Submission on Halswell Skate and Recreation Park - Site Selection
See the consultation document on the CCC website here:
Prepared by Brittany Kremers,Christchurch Youth Council Executive Member
Research obtained via a survey on the Christchurch Youth Council website. (http://www.chchyouthcouncil.org.nz)
Our comments and suggestions on the proposed locations are based around research obtained via a survey on the Christchurch Youth Council website (http://www.chchyouthcouncil.org.nz):
From the participants surveyed which were in the average age group of 17-20 year olds, 80 percent stated that The Halswell Domain would be best suited for the Skate and Recreation Park. The other 20 percent stated Scott Park would be suitable, due to its proximity to the centre of Halswell.
The reasons given were mainly that it was close to the centre of Halswell and especially as there were already other useful facilities around. These facilities include public toilets, public pool, club rooms and a playground. There was comment made that the area was suitable as there would be no need to demolish buildings to allow for the Skate and Recreation Park.
It would be an exciting new development for the Halswell Domain area and would pull together the fact that there are ‘other key things’ nearby that would compliment the Skate and Recreation Park. As the park would be well utilised by all age groups, there is definitely a need for public toilets nearby, and this idea provides for that.
So in conclusion, based on the data collected, our survey participants primarily believe the community would benefit by having a skate park situated in the Halswell Domain, as it is a self-contained, safe space close to many other amenities. It would allow users to access a skate park right on their doorsteps, as opposed to needing to travel so far.
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