Youth Council

Youth striving for positive change

 The Ashburton District Youth Council provides an interesting and fun environment for the views of 
young people in the district to be heard and to host youth-focused events.

Working with Council staff and elected members, 
they initiate and support programmes and act as a consultative link between young people and the Council. Learn more about how you can have 
your say

2018 Ashburton Youth Council Applications now open!

Applications for the 2018 Ashburton Youth Council are now open. Download and return an application form by Thursday 30 November, 2017.

What's been happening?

The 2017 Ashburton Youth Council members have been working hard to achieve the goals they outlined in their annual strategic plan. Activities have included researching, surveying and presenting to Council on draft policies and bylaws, writing monthly articles for District Diary, and supporting local youth organisations and events.

Spotlight on: Bite Nite!

Around 500 people arrived at Baring Square East on Wednesday 7 June to attend Bite Nite, which AYC organised to provide the community with a festive mid-winter activity and to raise money.

Performances, food trucks, giveaways and lanterns brought the Square to life, and favourable winter weather ensured the evening was a pleasant outing for the crowd. Court Theatre Company performers and dance routines from Life Dancy Academy and World Championship of Performing Arts NZ provided the entertainment for the night, and a photo booth proved popular with attendees.

 AYC were very pleased to present 24/7 Youth Work with the donations raised through the gold coin entry and were very grateful for the community’s generosity in supporting the event.​

Bite Nite was made possible through funding from the Ministry of Youth Development, and sponsors Port FM, McIntosh Group, Subway Ashburton and KFC Ashburton.​

Spotlight on: AYC vs ADC Debate!

Ashburton Youth Councillors are thanking the Ashburton District Council and the local community for their support of the annual AYC vs ADC Debate held on Wednesday 26 July, which saw $4038.00 raised for youth cancer support charity, CanTeen.

Youth Councillors Henry Hickman, Alyce Lysaght and Sophie Kettley went head-to-head with District Councillors Mark Malcolm, Leen Braam and Selwyn Price at the Ashburton College last month, arguing the moot 'are councils still relevant'. Although the District Councillors did their best to convince the crowd and adjudicator of their own irrelevance, it wasn't enough to take this year's title from the Youth Councillors. 

But the moot wasn't the only attraction on the night, as Councillors Leen Braam, Russell Ellis and Community Relations Manager Vincie Billante then took the stage to part with their luscious locks.

The three had generously volunteered to shave their heads on the night to raise money for CanTeen, a task which saw Ms Billante fundraise $2760 on her Givealittle page.

Spotlight on: Student Volunteer Week!

Another activity AYC have undertaken this year was to collate a series of half page profiles on local students from around the district who volunteer their time in the community. The profiles ran during Student Volunteer Week in the Ashburton Guardian to showcase to the district what young people are actively doing to give back not only to the community but to causes that mean something to them. 

Volunteering has always been a huge aspect of the Ashburton Youth Council. So far this year Ashburton Youth Council members have volunteered at Mid Canterbury Children’s Day, Multi Cultural Bite and The Great Methven Meet. AYC also have guest speakers from youth and community organisations attending their meetings to help raise awareness. 

Upcoming Events

Visit the Ashburton Youth Council Facebook page to learn about their latest events


The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month.​

Page reviewed: 16 Oct 2017 4:09pm