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Napier Youth Council

Our Youth Council is made up of 12 teenaged citizens of our city. Each year we look for nominations for new Youth Councillors as some of the team move on.

The Youth Council (YCON) is made up of 18 teenaged Napierites. Places become available at the end of each calendar year, when we youth council portraits 27receive nominations from high schools, education providers, workplaces and community organisation. 

Each year the Youth Council set their work plan which involves projects, events and liaising with Big Council. As well as leading programmes themselves, they also get involved in a range of other community activities.

The Youth Council gives young Napierites opportunities to develop skills, take on leadership roles and to promote young people in a positive way.

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Do you have some ideas you'd like to share with the team? Jump onto Napier Youth Council's Facebook page to join the convo.

Anupreet Sekhon

Anupreet Sekhon

Napier Girls' High School

Hi! My name is Anupreet (Anu) Sekhon and I am 17 years old and a student at Napier Girls. This is my second year on the youth council and had a really good experience last year. This is a great opportunity for me to make a change in Napier for the youth by helping to organise events which have a lasting impact. I am really passionate about the environment and making a change.

Charlotte Townsend

Charlotte Townsend

Iona College

Hi! I'm Charlotte, I'm 17 years old and a student at Iona College (though I'm Napier through and through!). This is my third year on Youth Council, having started out in 2016 as the 'baby'. I've lived in Hawke's Bay all my life, but travelled to China and the United States in 2017. While it was a great adventure, I came home with a new realisation of how lucky we are.

Ella Herekiuha

Ella Herekiuha

Taradale High School

Hey, I’m Ella, I’m 16 and I go to Taradale High School. This is my second year on Youth Council and I’m loving it. I love meeting new people and hope to start a change in Napier through organising some cool events for youth. A little bit about me? I play guitar, sing, play netball and enjoy spending time with my friends and family.

Sam  Peacock

Sam Peacock

Napier Boys' High School

Hi my name is Sam Peacock. I go to Napier Boys' High School where I board in Scinde House. But holidays see my head home to Waipukurau to our family's sheep and beef farm. One fun fact about me is that I've been boarding for four years now (having started at Hereworth in year seven).

Theodore Apineru

Theodore Apineru

Napier Boys' High School

Hello there. I'm a 16-year-old Samoan lad and student at Napier Boys'. I enjoy art, drama and acting and love listening to music. But I also have highbrow interests - I love eating and sleeping! I joined the Napier Youth Council for the experience, but also so I could add the perspective of Pasifika youth. I look forward to the work we're going to do this year.

Tom  Little

Tom Little

Taradale High School

Hi! I am Tom and am 15 years old. I go to Taradale High School and love the outdoors and sport. I love cycling, debating and many other things. This is my second year on the Youth Council. I like leadership and helping youth. If you see me around feel free to say hi!

Ana Worthington

Ana Worthington

Sacred Heart College

Hey! My name is Ana Worthington and I'm 17 years old from Sacred Heart College Napier. I was elected by my school to be a part of the Napier Youth Council and I'm really grateful for the experience. I think it's really important for the youth of Napier to be heard and recognised. I plan on going to Auckland for university next year but I am super excited on getting young people's voices heard throughout Napier!

Willow  Noomé

Willow Noomé

Napier Girls High

Kia Ora! My name is Willow Noomé, I'm 17 and attend Napier Girls as a prefect. This is my first year on the Youth Council and I'm super excited to be here. I have a passion for making a change and ensuring the place around me floods with positivity. I additionally have a huge drive to make Napier more eco-friendly. This had led me to also be a part of the Hawkes Bay Youth Environmental Council. I enjoy dance, art, playing the piano/guitar while also being a part of many clubs and finding interest in netball and volleyball.

Marjolaine  Stranaghan

Marjolaine Stranaghan

Taradale High

Hi, my names Marjolaine I'm 15 and a year eleven at Taradale High. A little bit about me? At school, a big passion of mine is debating, in my free time I enjoy playing football but I am willing to give everything a go! This year is my first year on the youth council and I can't wait to make Napier a better place for all youth!

YuQing  Jiang

YuQing Jiang

Napier Boys High

Howdy howdy, my name is YuQing and I'm a Year 13 student from Napier Boys. I'm stoked to be a part of the Napier Youth Council this year and to do some good for the young people of our community. I will be off to the US for uni next year, so would love to give back to the place that raised me before I go. I'm passionate about sports, food, and psychology(in that order), and I hope to see you all out and around Napier!

Grace  Mawson

Grace Mawson

Sacred Heart College

Hey! My name is Grace Mawson, I'm 18 and go to Sacred Heart College Napier. This is my first year on the Youth Council after being nominated by my school and I am so grateful for this opportunity. I understand the importance of youth voice in decisions that will impact our future. I plan on studying in Hamilton next year to be a secondary music teacher to continue my passion of youth expressing themselves and showing off their talents.

Avae  Keelan

Avae Keelan

William Colenso College

Kia Ora! I’m Avae, I’m 16 years old and a student and school leader at William Colenso College. This is my first year on the Youth Council and I’m thrilled to be here with everyone! I love to help others out where I can especially when it comes to our youth. My hobbies are Kapa Haka, dance, music and sports like waka ama, netball, and volleyball whilst being able to help the youth in my school as much as I can!

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