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The Youth Council is made up of ten young people with support from Selwyn District Council.

The Selwyn Youth Council (SYC) consists of young people aged between 12 and 24 years old who live in the Selwyn district. They provide a voice for the youth in their communities and delivery projects throughout the year aimed at strengthening the wellbeing of Selwyn young people. Members also assist in consultations and advise the Selwyn District Council on issues relating to youth, to increase understanding of young people's perspectives and needs.

Youth Council Members

Neaveh Maeder, Rolleston College, Central Ward


Erana Riddell, University of Canterbury, Central Ward


Ethan Richards-White, Rolleston College, Selwyn Central Ward


Inaki Cepeda, Ellesmere College, Ellesmere Ward


Emma Johnson, Ellesmere College, Ellesmere Ward


Scarlet Shannon, Waitaha School, Ellesmere Ward


Issy Kennedy, Darfield High School, Malvern Ward


Laura Hann, Villa Maria, Malvern Ward


Jonathan Schwass, Middleton Grange School, Springs Ward


Ben Dodson, Lincoln University, Springs Ward


Chloe Duff, Rolleston College, Springs Ward

Jeremy Reed, Lincoln High School, Springs Ward


Taumutu Representative, TBC



The Selwyn Youth Council meet twice in each school term per year. Before each meeting a public forum time is available to allow anyone to present ideas or plans they have for the youth of Selwyn that the youth council could potentially support or assist with. If you or your group would like to book a time to present please contact us prior to a meeting via email at

Public forums are available 5:30pm-6:00pm with youth council meetings held 6:00pm-8:00pm.

Selwyn Youth Event Fund

The Selwyn Youth Council has established a discretionary fund called the Selwyn Youth Event Fund. It is managed by the youth council, and funding is to provide support for groups or individuals whose events or activities contribute to the strengthening of youth wellbeing in Selwyn.

At their monthly meeting, members of the youth council will assess the applications and distribute the funds as they see appropriate.
Please carefully read the Selwyn Youth Event Fund Policy and Guidelines before completing your application form. An accountability report template is also available to use to submit when funds received are used or within 12 months of receiving funding.

For more information or any queries please email