We have partnered with Zeal, to help deliver our Youth Strategy. Zeal is a nationwide not-for-profit youth organisation dedicated to helping young Kiwi’s discover, express and develop their unique creativity. The partnership aims to increase youth participation in the district, and enable positive development of young people in our community. We provided $100,000 of funding which has allowed Zeal to create a youth centre in Marfell, purchase an events trailer, hold a number of school and community youth events.
So far Zeal has worked closely with us to understand young people’s views on projects like the extension of the Coastal Walkway to Waitara and Blip e-Scooters. This partnership will continue to provide insight, from a youths perspective to future projects including the District Plan consultation and increasing young people’s engagement with local body elections.