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The Selwyn Youth Council (SYC) consists of young people aged between 12 and 24 years old who live in the Selwyn district.

The Selwyn Youth Council provides a voice for the youth in their communities and delivers projects throughout the year aimed at strengthening the wellbeing of Selwyn young people. Members also deliver consultations and advise the Selwyn District Council on issues relating to youth, to increase understanding of young people's perspectives and needs.


The Selwyn Youth Council meet six times 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 5:00pm-5:30pm with youth council meetings held 5:30pm-7:30pm.

Meetings for 2021 will be held at Selwyn District Council and are scheduled for Wednesdays: 3 March, 5 May, 30 June, 18 August, 20 October and 1 December.

Youth Council Members

Selwyn Central Ward:
Connor Buckley
Olivia Bunz
Reece Mutonhori
Anika Gates-Thorn
Tabitha Fleener

Springs Ward:
Jeremy Reed
Sonya Li-McHenry
Maggie Cahill
Ellesmere Ward:
Jennifer Green
Inaki Cepeda
Hayley Forward
Malvern Ward:
Issy Kennedy
Z'Arn Payne
Susanna Sampson

Taumutu Representative: Khan McKay


Selwyn Youth Project Fund

The Selwyn Youth Council has established a discretionary fund called the Selwyn Youth Project 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 Project 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