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Young Leaders have their say on Hello Future District
Young Leaders have their say on Hello Future District

This month saw the launch of 2021’s Instep Young Leaders' Forum. Following a two day noho, students were invited by the Western Bay of Plenty District Council to Te Puke for a breakfast event.

Alongside delicious food, the breakfast included a rundown on how local government functions, how they can get involved, information about our District, and a workshop on Council’s Long-Term Plan – Hello Future District.

Students were able to share their opinions and perspectives on the Bay of Plenty’s Long-Term Plan whilst learning about community goals.

The meeting included a range of inspiring speakers such as Chrissi Robinson, the Daily Café, around her journey of being a community leader in Te Puke, and Anaru Palmer, former Instep Young Leader, and a participant in the 2021 Tuia Mayoral Mentoring Programme working alongside Western Bay Mayor Garry Webber.

There was some interesting feedback and insights from the students. It is encouraged that our younger residents get involved as there is no age limit to having your say on how we can collectively see the Western Bay prosper.

To read more about this event from a student’s perspective, read the Tauranga Girls’ College newsletter article, written by Ella Mitchell & Teia Kahura.

The Priority One Instep Young Leaders' Forum is a collaboration between the Bay of Plenty Regional Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council, Tauranga City Council, Priority One, Toi Ohomai and the University of Waikato. It aims to engage with young people to gain feedback on important issues and improve awareness about what our organisations do.

The Daily Cafe is a charitable organisation, giving profits back to the local community. Thank you to the Daily Cafe for providing the breakfast for this event.