Applications to join the youth council are closed.

Elections open in November of each year and if you meet the following criteria, we want to hear from you:

  1. Between 12 - 24 years old as at 1 February 2020
  2. Live within the boundaries of the Selwyn district
  3. Available to attend monthly meetings (currently the third Wednesday of each month excluding January)
  4. Have the ability to work with other people and as part of a team

The youth council membership will provide a broad representation of the Selwyn district youth population including an appropriate balance relating to gender, geography, age, ethnicity and skills.

The youth council membership will represent the four Selwyn district wards as follows:

  • Selwyn Central Ward - four youth council members
  • Springs Ward -  three youth council members
  • Malvern Ward - two youth council members
  • Ellesmere Ward - two youth council members
  • Te Taumutu Rūnanga - one youth council representative

For more information please refer to the Selwyn Youth Council's Terms of Reference.

What does the Selwyn Youth Council do?

The Selwyn Youth Council provides representation and a voice for the youth in their communities. Members meet monthly to assist and advise the Selwyn District Council on issues relating to youth and to increase the Council's understanding of young people's perspectives and needs.

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

Orientation Weekend (March 2018)

At the beginning of each youth council term, members spent a weekend away getting to know each other, learn how to run meetings and start planning for the year ahead.

People sitting looking at a view over water 

Selwyn Link (April 2018)

The Selwyn Link project was born after reading various community reports, all of which mentioned isolation due to a lack of public transport in Selwyn. After hosting two 'What do YOUth think?' events at Ellesmere College and Darfield High School, the youth council decided to run a free two day bus service. The trial was a huge success with 557 passengers being moved around the district by connecting Southbridge, Leeston, Doyleston, Rolleston, West Melton, Kirwee and Darfield.

People in a bus 

District Plan consultation at Lincoln High School (May 2018)

To gather feedback on the proposed Long Term Plan, Mayor Sam Broughton and members of the youth council hosted a 'What do YOUth think?' event at Lincoln High School. Some awesome ideas about the Selwyn Aquatic Centre extension, indoor courts at Foster Park and the walking and cycling strategy were submitted.

Meeting in progress 

Public transport presentation to Council (June 2018)

Following on from the Selwyn Link trail, members of the youth council presented their findings and recommendations to the Selwyn District Council about what public transport could/should look like in Selwyn.

Council viewing the Youth Council's presentation 

Guest speakers at LGNZ Conference (July 2018)

Members of the youth council were asked to present at the Local Government NZ Conference that was attended by 600 delegates that included mayors, chief executives, councillors and senior management from around New Zealand. They were part of a panel talking about harnessing localism and empowering communities to succeed (and they got to hangout with Mark Sainsbury).

Speakers on stage 

BOOST (October 2018)

Following feedback about a lack of things to do during school holidays, the youth council organised a new youth event called BOOST.

BOOST 2018 took place during the October school holidays and offered 13 different events, activities and workshops for Selwyn young people aged 13 -18 around the district.

Some of the key events were the Burnham Challenge (pictured), BOOST Spook, Graffiti Art, Circo Arts, BOOST Splash and BOOST Out featuring a skate jam, food trucks, graffiti art and live performances.


What do YOUth think? Survey (October 2018)

The youth council organised a 'What do YOUth think?' survey to hear what young people think about living, learning, working and playing in Selwyn.

Each year Selwyn District Council conducts a residents survey to better understand the needs of the Selwyn community. Starting this year, the youth council have decided to conduct their own annual youth survey to find out what issues are most important to the districts youth.

This will help focus our efforts to better support young people living in Selwyn.

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