Youth gain from Expo

The first Marlborough Youth Expo was held at Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 in Blenheim yesterday.

Expo co-ordinator Valene Heggie said the event was a great success and hoped it had been helpful to Marlborough youth and their caregivers.

"We wanted the event to be a hub of information. The youth often don't know about all the opportunities out there for them - this would hopefully change that," she said.

Exhibits of a wide range of sports, activities and clubs available to youth in Marlborough were on display and there were representatives to answer questions.

"Everyone attending could try their hand at some of the indoor sports like target shooting, ping-pong or basketball," she said.

Support and service agencies also had a presence.

"Parents often don't know of all the support that is available to them," Ms Heggie said.

Blenheim mother Debbie Griffiths said she was excited to see so many organisations involved with youth.

"It's quite hard as a parent to know about everything available for your children - this is the perfect way to educate the community."

She also enjoyed the entertainment, which included Blenheim's Te Rerenga o te Ra kapa haka group.

"Showing other children what they could achieve and to have the talented people available for them to talk to is another way of opening doors for our children," she said.

The event was supported by the Marlborough Community College, Marlborough District Council and Youth Services.

The Marlborough Express