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Youth Week - Our Voices Count

This page contains information about Youth Week that is running from 26 May to 4 June this year.
Updated: 1/06/2017 11:45 a.m.

Youth Week is a time designed for the nation to celebrate and encourage young people to take on challenges, share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of being young. The week also recognises the youth workers, youth service providers and others working with and for young people. This year, Youth Week runs for 9 days from 26 May to 4 June and will focus on an annual theme chosen by young people. With 2017 being an election year the theme this year is ‘Our voices count; count our voices,’ and will be celebrated by the youth community throughout the country in many different and creative ways.

Youth Week began in Canada in 1995 and is now celebrated internationally, being adopted in New Zealand in the late 1990s. Youth Week activities are coordinated by Ara Taiohi, a National Youth Development trust with the support of the Ministry of Youth Development. In Whangarei, local organisations working with youth are planning a range of activities throughout the week.

This year, Whangarei District Council’s Youth Advisory Group are keen to hear the voices of their peers on the Whangarei  District Long Term Plan and will be joining in with a Youth Week performance event on Saturday 3 June from 9am – 1pm at the Whangarei Library.



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