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A great Team of Council Cadets

This page contains a news story about the 2019 Council Cadet program, which brings young people in to the Council work environment.
Updated: 20/12/2019 11:09 a.m.

​Finding a place on Whangarei District Council’s cadetship programme was challenging and required lots of work, but two weeks into their placements, all seven of Council’s new cadets report that it was well worth it. 

Between them the seven have spent the last two weeks:

  • working answering difficult questions at the customer service centre,
  • planning and helping with events,
  • setting up devices for our new councilors,
  • writing and processing purchase orders,
  • working at the library, the waste water treatment plant and the cemetery. 


Pictured left to right, top, Nahere Tipene, Odin Richardson-Tangira, Jasmine Allen-Nathan. Bottom, L-R Angel Burnett, Destiny Cullen, Eryn Vesey. Absent , Callum Weir.


All have been praised by their teams for their great work ethic and keenness to learn. 

This is the 15th year Council has taken in groups of cadets.

Counting this year’s intake 83  young people have gone through the programme at Whangarei District council, and 26 have found either permanent or fixed term employment with Council. 

Council business partner, People and Capability, Nicola Donnelly has been working with the cadets for the past 10 years, and it is one of the things she finds most rewarding about her job.

“It is a great programme.  A group of people is put forward by the Ministry of Social Development to go into a special, two-month cadetship training programme with. Ngā Ara Tōnui – Successful Pathways Ltd

“They are finding out as much as they can about the programme, being in a workplace full time, the kind of work Council does. They are learning how to make presentations about their learning, going through interviews, setting goals and generally getting a workplace readiness crash course. 

“While they are going through that, we are working with them and the training provider to identify their individual talents and interests and figure out where each person would fit at Council. 

“At the beginning of the first two months of training they usually don’t know each other at all – they have a wide range of backgrounds, interests, education and talents and personalities.

But over that time we notice how they become quite connected, with a shared interest in the programme, working for Council and seeing what it could mean for the future. 

“Along the way some candidates decide the cadetship programme is not the path for them while others may get jobs or move, so by the end of the first two months we have quite a tight bunch of young colleagues to place at Council 

“Whangarei District Council has taken eight cadets this year and Northland Regional Council has taken two.” 

Ms Donnelly said the Council Cadetship Programme was set up by the Mayoral Forum to provide training, development and paid work experience for local young people aged between the ages of 17-24. It is designed to give skills for long term work and sustainable careers. 

“The Mayoral taskforce and MSD each want to see local young people take on further education, training or development and this opportunity to work together is a real opportunity for young people to succeed, to grow and contribute to the community.”



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