Youth Council

​Applications for Ashburton Youth Council 

Applications are now closed. However, if you are keen to become a member this year your application may still be considered on a case by case basis. We can also accept applications for the Youth Council in 2020. Download and complete the application form​, and return it via email to​ ​​​or post:

Ashburton Youth Council
c/ Ashburton District Council
PO Box 94
Ashburton 7740 ​​​​​​​​​

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 2018 Ashburton Youth Council members have been working hard to achieve the goals they outlined in their annual strategic plan. Activities have included writing monthly articles for District Diary, supporting community initiatives and revamping their 101 Weird and Wonderful Ways to Waste Time Map.

You can keep up to date with the Youth Council by 'Liking' them on Facebook, ​and seeing what's happening at their monthly meetings.


AYC ​Meeting Minutes

February 2018 Minutes​
March 2018 Minutes
April 2018 Minutes

Previous activities

​Bite Nite

In 2017, Youth Councillors coordinated and held a successful community event called 'Bite Nite', where the public were invited to an evening of entertainment, food stalls and activities in Baring Square East. All proceeds on the night were donated to 24/7 Youth Work. ​

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

AYC vs ADC Debate!

The AYC vs ADC Debate was held on Wednesday 26 July 2017, 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, 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 the 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.


The Ashburton Youth Council currently meet on the first Wednesday of each month. To get in touch, email

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