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

What's been happening?

The 2017 Ashburton Youth Council have been selected and members are busy planning their year ahead. Watch out for great activities and events throughout the year!

Weird and Wonderful Ways to Waste Time

Ashburton Youth Council, in collaboration with anti-bullying project, Think First have developed a map 'Weird and Wonderful ways to Waste Time'. This new resource details over 100 places and activities around Mid Canterbury for young people to get out and explore. The resource also features creative tips for spending downtime, and discount coupons into some of the businesses listed on the map.

It was launched as part of Youth Week 2016 and has been distributed to locations around the district including schools, the EA Networks Centre, and i SITES.


Youth Vs Councillor Debate


There's a lot more to getting a job than having a degree, as argued by the Youth Team at the Youth verses Councillor debate on 23 May 2016. The debate was a key event organised by the Youth Council as part of their Youth Week events.

The moot, "that Ashburton youth need a university qualification to succeed in today's job market" was chosen by Council's Chief Executive, Andrew Dalziel, with a coin toss determining Councillors as the affirmative team and the youth team the negative

Councillor Stuart Wilson led the Councillor team and provided a well measured, researched approach. He was supported by team members Councillor Peter Reveley and Councillor Darryl Nelson, who brought a good dose of humour, enjoyed by the audience.

Youth Councillor Henry Hickman was the lead for the Youth Team, who used a local example of Mark Petrie to highlight his case. Ashburton College Representative, Bobbie Lee Rushton, and Mount Hutt College Representative, Jack Scott, both further built the Youth Teams evidence, leading to the win. 

The event was adjudicated by Richard Fitzgerald, who complimented the teams on their research and the humour
they bought to what could be a serious topic.

Youth Connect


Members of the Youth Council attended the Youth Connect Forum on the Wednesday 27 April 2016.

They morning was spent hearing what other youth organisations were up to and some of their accomplishments. The afternoon consisted of media and marketing training. The first workshop was with Peter Burdon, a former journalist himself, who talked about the traditional side of media which is the newspapers and news channels.

The second workshop was with UC Lecturer Ekant Veer. He talked about the modern side of media including social media such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc and commended Ashburton Youth Council for having an impressive Facebook page.

Upcoming Events

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


Read the latest Youth Council meeting minutes

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