Nine new Youth Council members sifted from 58 applications
NINE new faces have joined the Wellington City Youth Council and they want to “make things happen”.
Simon Wright, a youth council advisor, said the Youth Council had an unprecedented 58 applicants but they only had nine positions to fill.
One of the new members, Amanda Yong (16) of Wellington Girls College, said the council wanted more members that were still in high school.
“I joined because I knew that the council wanted a student voice because they didn’t have any high school students,” she says.
“I wanted to take on that role and represent high schools in the area because I love my school and I’m quite involved in groups.”
Another new member, Daisy Lutyens (16) also of Wellington Girls College, joined to see what goes on behind the scenes of running Wellington.
“I wanted to be able to see what goes on behind the scenes, to share my ideas and be able to make things happen,” she says.
Some new members, like Maddie Bell (15) of Wellington East Girls College, have experience working on student committees.
“I’m on the environmental, charities and libraries committees [at college] and I thought I could bring a little insight and represent those areas from our school around Wellington,” she says.
The new members have causes they would like to champion and joined the Youth Council to make a difference.
Erin Lockhart of Tawa College (14) believes there is insufficient support for refugees in Wellington.
“We are so lucky to live in a country where we don’t have war and poverty,” she says.
“I understand why New Zealand has to reject some people, but I think there needs to be a lot more support for people who have done the impossible of escaping their country.
“They can’t get moving starting a new life because there isn’t enough of a support network for them.”