Author:Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel
Source:Auckland Council Youth Advisory Panel
Topics:Democracy and governance
Auckland Youth Advisory Panel. Te rōpū kaitohutohu take taiohi
During this term, the Auckland Youth Advisory Panel was able to achieve its priorities of youth homelessness, environment and sustainability, transport and accessibility and civic participation and youth engagement. Alongside this, the Panel has made an effort to provide feedback on major plans and proposals that will shape Tāmaki Makaurau in the years to come. We have also made a conscious effort to engage with young people from across Tāmaki Makaurau to ensure that the panel is transparent with the work we are doing and acknowledging the amazing work done by other young people across the region. Therefore, it has been a privilege to follow in the footsteps of the previous Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson, Flora Apulu and Alex Johnston. The work the previous panels have done to advocate for youth voices in decision making helped set the foundation of this terms work programme.
Therefore, the Leadership team has had the absolute honour to lead 19 of our most talented young people from across Tāmaki Makaurau. The calibre of young people is a reflection of the work the Panel has been able to achieve in the past two and a half years.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our liaison staff Mara Bebich (Youth Advisory Panel Lead Officer), Amanda Kelly, (Deputy Lead Officer), Austin Kim (Demographic Panel Advisor) and Michelle Judge (Governance Advisor) for the valuable support they have given to the panel over this term. We would also like to thank Cr. Fa'anana Efeso Collins (Liaison Councillor for Youth Advisory Panel) and Cr. Cathy Casey (Liaison Demographic Advisor) for their continued endorsement of the work the panel does.
This report is a strong reflection of the hard work the panel has put in this term to maintain a sense of transparency, engagement and advocacy.