Nelson Youth Council

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Youth Volunteer Awards 2010 and Youth Week

27 May 2010

The Tasman and Nelson Youth Councils have organised the sixth annual Youth Volunteer Awards which will be during Youth Week on 27 May at the New Hub. Read more.

Achieving good things in 2009

By Johny O'Donnell, Nelson Youth Councillor

Nelson Youth Council was established in 1998 with the objective of giving the youth of Nelson a real voice and offering advice to Nelson City Council. Since then a variety of different young people have filled the twenty seats of Nelson Youth Council and developed a number of initiatives, projects and strategies to make Nelson a better place for all young people.

2009 was no exception, with Youth Councillors dedicating their time, energy, enthusiasm and passion into new exciting projects for Nelson City. Throughout the year Youth Councillors were invited to join in on various opportunities. This year they included engaging in discussions with Ministry of Youth Development around issues such as the smacking referendum and should New Zealand be involved in the war in Iraq, participating at the annual 'Meet The Neighbours' forum for Youth Councils in the top of the south, having a representative on the Nelson Anglican Diocese  'Framing the Future Forum' with Judge Becroft, and making submissions to the Drinking in Public Places Bylaw, Nelson Community Plan, Alcohol in our Lives Review and Regional Transport Strategy.

Youth Council also initiates and supports projects and this year these included giving the youth of Nelson a real voice through a survey of opinions about Nelson issues, recognising the significant work and dedication of young people in our community through the Youth Volunteer Awards, supporting youth talent by initiating and co-presenting an award for audience participation at Nelson Rockquest with Tasman Youth Council, and providing youth with two safe, alcohol free, fun events, Afterglow Dance Party and Year One Movie, that followed the Masked Parade and Carnivale.

Nelson Youth Council have also developed a number of initiatives to strengthen relationships with taiohi Mori that included incorporating Te Tiriti o Waitangi into its constitution and incorporating "Te Kaunihera Rangatahi o Whakat" into Youth Council's official title. Youth Council continues to uphold the importance of having wide representation of members, including the two Rangatahi Mori Advocate seats.

Youth Volunteer Awards 2009

Volunteer Nelson, The New Hub, and the Nelson and Tasman Youth Councils are celebrating the voluntary efforts of young people. Congrats to:

  • Jennifer Chaddock - Nelson Tasman Emergency Management
  • Nicola Crisp - Lifeline
  • Nelson Cadet Unit - for supporting the Summit Rescue Helicopter Open Day, Poppy and ANZAC Day, and the Nelson Asthma Society annual promotion balloon week
  • Mitchell Chandler - Broadgreen Intermediate
  • Tabby Besley - Inspired Productions, NAGS, & Q Youth

How it works … and what we do

Young people from Nelson, and reps from Nelson high schools meet throughout the year as part of the Nelson Youth Council. They suss out what other young people want for Nelson, give their opinions to the City Council when it is planning new things, and link up with other youth throughout NZ to see what they’re doing and get more ideas for Nelson.

Youth Council starts each year with a mix of new reps and some of the old crew. That way we get some continuation in our projects. All our work is supported by staff at NCC. Other community organisations who work with young people also support our projects.

We decide what things we want to focus on for the year – we might want to keep working on projects already happening or we might have completely new areas we want to focus on, like Communications or the Environment. When we’ve decided those areas, we set up Working Groups.

YES (Youth Event Support)

Youth Councillors continue to contribute the YES scheme, a programme that encourages young people to organise youth-oriented events in Nelson by helping with financial assistance and teaming them up with a community mentor. Youth run events can access up to $400 for events that are safe, alcohol and other drug free. Contact Ron at The New Hub for further information on 545 9147 or

Read more about planning for safe events

Serve on the Youth Council

If you are between aged 14 and 25 and are interested in becoming a Youth Councillor contact Community Liaison Adviser – Social Well Being on +64 3 545 8746 or download the information brochure and application to the right.


Councillor Pete Rainey.

Cr Pete Rainey

Hi, I’m Pete Rainey. I’m a City Councillor and I liaise between Youth Council and Nelson City Council.

Email Councillor Rainey



Administration Adviser

An administration adviser also works on behalf of Youth Council at Nelson City Council. Phone +64 3 546 0391 or email a Council Administration Advisor.