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Youth council making itself heard

ANNA LOREN
Last updated 05:00 14/01/2014
Youth Council

FRESH FACES: The members of the newly-selected Manurewa Youth Council. Back row, from left: Nicole Mavaega, John Sibanda, Matthew Ward, Michael Gambino, Flora Apulu, Nathanael Brown and Jacinta Talia’uli. Front row, from left: Georavi Apulu, Sarah Colcord, Tatiana Tataurangi-Ruru, April Spencer, Jasmine Puruto and Amar Jakhu. Absent are Terilyn Godinet Tuuau and Miracle Williams.

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Alcohol and legal highs will be top of the agenda for the Manurewa Youth Council during the coming year.

The council has announced its new lineup for 2014 and is pledging to keep speaking up on issues affecting the area's young people.

Nathanael Brown, Jacinta Talia'uli, Terilyn Godinet Tuuau and Matthew Ward have rejoined the council for another term after serving last year.

They are joined by Nicole Mavaega, John Sibanda, Michael Gambino, Sarah Colcord, Tatiana Tataurangi-Ruru, April Spencer, Jasmine Puruto, Amar Jakhu, Miracle Williams and sisters Flora and Georavi Apulu.

The youngest member is 13 and the oldest is 22.

Mr Ward says alcohol reform is set to be a major issue for the council, as is the legislation of legal highs.

Last year the council submitted on the Psychoactive Substances Bill but there needs to be a more targeted, rather than nationwide, policy, he says.

"We're going to campaign for Auckland Council to introduce its own policy on legal highs."

The group also plans to address the issue of youth education, skills and employment.

Manurewa Local Board chairwoman Angela Dalton says she is looking forward to working with the youth during the coming year. Members will be given speaking rights at local board workshops so they can have maximum input on the matters discussed, she says.

Email rewayouthcouncil@gmail. com or go to facebook.com/manurewayouthcouncil to contact the members.

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- Manukau Courier

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