Students launch online magazine to positively profile youth creativity

Vic Nicoll, left, and Rhiana Merota founded Halycon, a website focused on profiling and empowering young people.
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Vic Nicoll, left, and Rhiana Merota founded Halycon, a website focused on profiling and empowering young people.

The idea for a blog and magazine focused on empowering youth was born in a bus stop.

Rhiana Merota and Vic Nicoll, both 16, were talking about their interests and discovered Rhiana was interested in design and Vic interested in writing, but both felt there weren't many platforms for people their age to pursue those things.

So, they teamed up to create a blog focused on the good side of youth, Vic said.

"It's a place where we give exposure to creative youth in Auckland and we're trying to empower them and get them out there," Vic said.

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"It's also focused on showing older people the good side of youth culture."

Rhiana said they wanted people to get involved in the project, which is called Halycon, and were in need of a photographer.

"We thought we'd start something and help others around us too," Rhiana said.

"We want to encourage people to take part in the magazine."

The pair, from Auckland's North Shore, would like to build up their blog to a point where they can create and put out a magazine and hope to spend more time on it after leaving Westlake Girls High School.

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"We want to move into real production. Turn it into a profession, a real thing we can work on," Rhiana said.

For now, their focus is on building the social media base and the Halycon team, as well as coming up with more ideas.

The pair was encouraging others to get in touch with ideas by emailing halyconmagsite@gmail.com or visiting instagram.com/halcyon.mag.

 - Stuff

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