End of busy year

EMMA DANGERFIELD
Last updated 10:19 07/11/2012
Celebrating success

Celebrating success: Mayor Winston Gray, left, and Councillor Darlene Morgan, back right, join the Kaikoura District Youth Council in celebrating their end of year. Also pictured is community development officer Susi Haberstock, front right. Youth council members, back, from left, Eve Davis, secretary Ziggy McDougall-Fissenden, (secretary) Eliot Haberstock and Patrick Smith-Kerr. Front, ntsGrownte from left, Te Awhina Rupene, Monique Callow-Hocken, chairwoman Amber Priddle,  (chairnwoman),Rachel Poulsen and treasurer Brittany Gray. (treasurer).nte Absent from photo are Sinead Ford, Hazel Harnett-Garbes, Kate Summerton and Tessa Calvert.

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The Kaikoura Youth Council has finished the year with an award ceremony to look back over its achievements this year.

On top of fortnightly meetings, the 14 young people, aged 15 to 24, are represented on the council and other committees.

This year members have been involved in the organising and behind the scenes help of Children's Day, the Youth Quiz, Trash Fashion, the annual Careers Expo at the high school and the mayor's triennial awards last week.

Some of the youth council members have also attended a professional development course with other youth councils, as well as the masked parade in Nelson, where they spent some time with the organisers as part of a feasibility study.

A group of youth council members also helped out during the Sport Tasman holiday programme, enabling co-ordinator Rob Kennedy to take on as many as 30 children for the week.

The youth council met on Wednesday at the Beach House, where they were presented with certificates from community development officer Susi Haberstock. Holiday programme helpers also received a certificate of merit from Sport Tasman.

Five of the youth council will be leaving at the end of the year. Members would love to hear from any other young people who can commit to the youth of Kaikoura and offer suggestions for events and fundraising.

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- Kaikoura Star

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