Bite Night

The Ashburton Youth Council (AYC) is set to dish up another great community event, after securing funding to host a second Bite Nite.

​I thoroughly enjoyed the inaugural Bite Nite last year and can’t wait to see what AYC will deliver this time around. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for AYC to work with other youth in the district and learn how to organise and run a large-scale community gathering. Everything from health and safety plans; booking vendors and security; decorating; and publicity were looked after by last year’s team.

Hundreds of people filled Baring Square East and enjoyed an improvised comedy show from The Court Theatre’s Scared Scriptless troupe. It was a fitting opportunity to brighten up Baring Square East, which looked magnificent with coloured lanterns and fairy lights. There was also plenty of delicious food served up by a mix of local and out-of-town food trucks.

AYC also used the event to raise funds for the team at 24/7 Youth Work, who have youth workers at Ashburton Intermediate and Ashburton College. The 24/7 team came down on the night and helped AYC set everything up and pack it all away. It was great to see these two groups working together to bring such a positive, well-supported event to our community.

The Bite Nite event came about last year, after the Council heard that young people wanted more events in Ashburton. AYC applied for Ministry of Youth Development funding and came up with the Bite Nite concept. This time around, Council is delighted to support our Youth Council by recognising the value of this event for our district and granting the funding to put it on again.

As part of Council’s Long Term Plan, we allocated $70,000 to be put into a Community Events budget for Council-run community events. AYC was granted $13,000 to fund the next Bite Nite event, which is planned for September.

AYC has a Facebook page, which you can find at, to keep an eye out for more Bite Nite announcements.

Page reviewed: 16 Aug 2018 2:26pm