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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.

Youth Council Members

Selwyn Central Ward:
Makaira Halliday
Mackenzie Wills
Reece Mutonhori
Rue Jeche
Ayden Trenuela-Chan
Lincoln Mumuta

Springs Ward:
Molly Laurence
Sonya Li-McHenry
Rory Gordon
Ellesmere Ward:
Ashley Mclean
Rose Bowden
Hayley Forward
Thomas Trevor Roe
Malvern Ward:
Joshua Henderson
Abigail Driscoll

Taumutu Representative: Khan McKay


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The Selwyn Youth Council meet four 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 5–5.30pm with youth council meetings held 5.30–7pm.

Meetings for 2022 will be held at Selwyn District Council and are scheduled for Wednesdays: 23 March, 25 May, 24 August and 30 November.


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What does the Selwyn Youth Council do?

Here are a few things the youth council have been involved in over the past few months:

Development Day at Ngāti Moki Marae

At the start of each year the Youth Council members attend a development day and planning hui at Ngāti Moki Marae. It is an awesome way for the Youth Council to connect, plan their year and understand the role of tangata whenua by strengthening their relationship with Te Taumutu Rūnanga.

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Mental Health Awareness Week

The Youth Council partnered with Ashburton Youth Council for the national Mental Health Awareness Week in September on a social media campaign, podcast and a range of community events. Local high schools came on board by hosting activities including purple shirt or ribbon days. Selwyn Youth Council recorded a podcast with the Mental Health Foundation on how young people can look after their mental wellbeing.

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Youth Engagement

The Youth Council delivers six youth engagement activities throughout the year to create opportunities for young people to share their views on topics that matter to them. These can focus on Selwyn District Council projects with examples including: the new Rolleston Town Centre; what type of events youth would like to see in Selwyn; and the Reconnect Project which is all about how youth can live more environmentally friendly.

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Welcoming Communities

Youth Councillors attend Citizenship Ceremonies with the Mayor to welcome new residents and speak about their experience living in Selwyn.  They have also helped to deliver the Put Down Your Roots planting days where people volunteer and grow their connection to local communities.

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The Youth Council deliver their own events and partner with event organisers to ensure there are fun activities on offer across the district for young people. The youth councillors have also helped to shape the Council events calendar too.

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Employment Pathways

Youth Councillors have been discussing pathways to employment with businesses in the district and have helped plan the Council Careers Expo. They have also helped high school leavers in becoming mahi ready and have worked with careers advisors to ensure plenty of opportunities are available for young people leaving school.

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