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Napier Youth Council

Our Youth Council is made up of 18 teenaged citizens of our city. Each year we look for nominations for new Youth Councillors as some of the team move on.

What is the Napier Youth Council?

The Napier Youth Council is made up of 12-18 teenagers who live, work or attend school in Napier. We call for applications at the end of each calendar year, and we also receive nominations from high schools, education providers and community organisations. 

Each year the Youth Council set their work plan which involves projects, promotions, events and giving input and a youth perspective to the Napier City Council staff and Council.

Join the conversation

Want to know more about what we do? Have a look at our Terms of Reference.   

Do you have some ideas you'd like to share with the team? Jump onto Napier Youth Council's Facebook or Instagram @NapierYouthCouncil to join the conversation. Alternatively, you can contact Tiffiny Mackenzie at


Say hello to our 2022 Napier Youth Councillors!

Jayden  Allen

Jayden Allen

Tamatea High School

I want to make the most of this opportunity to have my voice heard and make positive change for our community and city. One thing I also want to make the most of is my strong Mormon Church community I have backing me! I am passionate about our city and I look forward to where this journey takes me.

Holly  Harris

Holly Harris

Napier Girls' High School

I'm a classic Kiwi - shooting and tramping are huge passions of mine, as well as my academic studies. Being an air cadet at the local ATC unit is what first motivated me to get involved in the community. 2022 will mark my second year as a member of the Napier Youth Council, and I'm looking forward to it!

Zahra Jawad Mohamad Abdullah

Zahra Jawad Mohamad Abdullah

Napier Girls' High School

This is my second year on the Youth Council and I can't wait to have another great year both in school and in the Youth Council. I'm passionate about youth and allowing for their voices to be heard as well as the environment as time quickly progresses.

Christian  Liburn

Christian Liburn

Napier Boys' High School

I love aviation and am working towards my pilots licence with plans to become an Air New Zealand pilot one day. I am really looking forward to working with the youth council, and hope to contribute a lot.

Tom  Little

Tom Little

Taradale High School

This is my fourth year on youth council and I am stoked to be back for another action packed year. I love being able to connect with people and being able to get out and create change in our community for youth! I love the outdoors! Give me a wave if you see me out & about.

Maddie Sayer

Maddie Sayer

Taradale High School

A little bit about me? A big passion of mine is Blokarting and you will catch me down at the local track most Sundays! I also enjoy Rollerskating and spending time with friends. This is my first year on the Youth Council and I’m so excited to be here. I look forward to making Napier a super cool place for our youth!

Marjolaine  Stranaghan

Marjolaine Stranaghan

Taradale High School

I enjoy debating, reading and playing football but am willing to give everything a go! This year is my third and final year on the youth council and look forward to continuing to give youth an important place to share their voice!

Benjamin Kingsford

Benjamin Kingsford

Napier Boys’ High School

At 14 years old I’m one of the younger members on the Napier Youth Council. I love to read, I’m interested in public speaking, politics, debating, and playing my trumpet. I am a big advocate for a healthy environment and hope I can contribute towards some positive change in that area, This is my first year on the youth council, so I’m excited to get involved, learn heaps, do the mahi, and do some good in my community!

Jorja  Miles

Jorja Miles

Napier Girl's High School

I love maths and science and have a passion for politics and learning new things. I enjoy swimming, baking and reading in my spare time. This is my first year on the council and I’m really looking forward to meeting new people with similar interests.

Jonathan  Moore

Jonathan Moore

New Zealand Cadet Forces

I am the Cadet Warrant Officer of the Central Area, New Zealand Cadet Forces (NZCF). This is my first year being a part of the Napier Youth Council and I look forward to working with the well-established team. I spend my time working at Nature Connect Hawkes Bay, helping to deliver a one day outdoor education program for children as well as studying part time at Te Kura. I enjoy being active, running and working-out are two of my passions. I also really enjoy my role in the NZCF, helping youth to develop leadership, comradeship and much more, I hope to be a strong voice in the Napier Youth Council and a strong voice for the Youth of Napier!

Kieron Moore

Kieron Moore

Home School

This is my first year on the Napier Youth Council, I can't wait to get involved and meet new people. I complete most of my schooling at home and I am also an Air Cadet at 13 Squadron. I volunteer at Nature Connect Hawkes Bay, where I help as a Junior Leader. I love Aotearoa and hope to make a difference in the environment. My favourite hobbies are tramping, shooting and long distance running as well as being outdoors!

Izabella  Izabella Nicholls

Izabella Izabella Nicholls

Taradale High School

I started working with Napier City Council in 2021 on the “Think Fest 21” project for child and youth and enjoyed being a speaker in the event, I’m now happy to say I now have the opportunity to be part of the Youth Council team. I look forward to bringing a positive voice for youth and look forward to putting words into action. To make Napier an even better place to be.

Emma  Teraguchi

Emma Teraguchi

Taradale High school

This is my first year on the youth council and I am very excited to get directly involved in making Napier a better place for us young people. A bit about me: I love to rock climb and play piano in my spare time, as well as debate about critical issues through events like the Model United Nations. I’m really looking forward to working with Napier and contributing positively to our youth!

Yeva  Ustyuzhanina

Yeva Ustyuzhanina

Napier Girl's High School

This is my first year on the Youth Council, I’m excited for the journey ahead and can’t wait to take on new opportunities. I am strongly passionate about dance and love to spend my free time developing my skills. I also enjoy immersing myself in debating, shooting, reading and my academic studies. I look forward to working together with this group as well as giving my best efforts to the council.


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