This is our 2016 policy – our 2019 policy will be coming soon, building on these ideas and the progress in the last three years.
Our young people need to be seen as a strength in our community, not a problem to be ‘solved’. We need to provide support and resourcing to ensure that local young people have the opportunities they need to grow, develop, and contribute back to the community.
What we’ve been doing
- A strong focus on linking our local young people to training, skill development, and apprenticeships. We must provide the means for our youth to move into productive, high wage jobs.
- Supporting a Living Wage within NZ so that local young people and their families can live in dignity and plan for the future.
- Actively supported an expansion of the Council cadetship scheme that provides young people with opportunities to develop skills and careers in the Council organisation.
- Working with community partners such as Wesley Intermediate and Project PETER on the establishment of a Te Whangai Trust nursery for youth and migrant employment opportunities.
- Secured local youth apprenticeships in the $25m Walmsley/Underwood stormwater construction project.
- The ongoing development and support of a comprehensive Youth Action Plan that provides a framework for supporting youth leadership and aspirations.
- Working to deliver an empowered Puketapapa youth caucus, including joint meetings with the Local Board so that ideas and aspirations are shared.
- Advocate for Unitec, now active on the Te Auaunga restoration project, to establish a more permanent presence in our community.