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Our Youth Council (YCON) 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.

YCON 2019

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

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

YCON gives Napier youth opportunities to develop skills, take on leadership roles and to promote young people in a positive way.

Join the conversation

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 there, my name is Aunupreet (Anu) Sekhon and I'm a Year 12 student at Napier Girls' High School. I'm new to the Napier Youth Council this year and am very passionate about helping the environment.

Bella  Spiers

Bella Spiers

Napier Girls' High School

Hey! My name’s Bella and I’m a 17-year-old Year 13 student at Napier Girls' High School. I joined the Youth Council in 2018 as I wanted to challenge the traditional views people hold of youth and let them know we’re capable of great things. A little bit about me - my main interests include debating, singing and drama, but I’m willing to give pretty much anything a go. I've always wanted to give back to my community and hope I can contribute to Napier becoming a happier place!

Cedar Wairau

Cedar Wairau

Tamatea High School

Kia ora, my name's Cedar Wairau. I’m 17 years old and in my final year at Tamatea High School. I'm currently the student rep on the Board of Trustees for Tamatea High School. I look forward to being on the Napier City Youth Council this year.

Charlotte Townsend

Charlotte Townsend

Iona College

Hi! I'm Charlotte, I'm 16 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.

Danbi Bae

Danbi Bae

Taradale High School

Hello Napierites! I'm Danbi from Taradale High. I have some great ideas that I'd like to share with my fellow councillors, but I'm keeping my own counsel on these for the moment. I intend to observe and learn before I make myself heard.

Ella Herekiuha

Ella Herekiuha

Taradale High School

Hey, I’m Ella, I’m 15 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.

Emma  Chard

Emma Chard

Napier Girls' High School

My name is Emma Chard: I'm a Year 13 student at Napier Girls' High School and a Youth Council returnee. I'm excited to be here: I believe Napier youth should have a well-heard voice in our community - a place where their opinions are recognised. Outside of school, I do ballet six days a week and also dabble in netball and hockey.

Ezra Broughton-Spar

Ezra Broughton-Spar

Te Aratika Academy

Kia ora, my name is Ezra Broughton-Spar: I'm 17 years old and I attend Te Aratika Academy. This is my first year as a YCON member and I'm blessed with the opportunities it brings. I think the best way youth can be leaders is not by acting as individuals, but working in concert with others to show different pathways for the future. This year will be very exciting and I can't wait for what is ahead! My interests? I have a huge passion for basketball as well as singing, mau rākau and hangin' with my whānau.

Gabby Heaps

Gabby Heaps

Taradale High School

Hi, I'm Gabby Heaps. I'm 17 and a Year 13 student from Taradale High School. I love food, travelling and playing guitar. I also enjoy dancing: I've done this for many years. After I finish high school, I'm hoping to get into Otago University Medical School - but that's all in the future! Why did I apply to be on Youth Council? I am very proud of Napier and all it has to offer. I want my friends and peers to discover this and take advantage of it too.

Kate McGrath

Kate McGrath

Sacred Heart College

Hey, my name is Kate the Great! I'm 17 years old and deputy head girl at Sacred Heart College. I joined Youth Council this year because I believe in getting the voices of Napier youth heard and recognised. When I leave school, I think I'm going to study law. I'm super-excited for this opportunity and to be able to work alongside the rest of the YCON team.

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).

Sukhjinder Singh

Sukhjinder Singh

Napier Boys' High School

Hey my name is Sukhjinder Singh (Sukhi for short). I go to Napier Boys' High School and I'm a prefect. This is my first year in the youth council and am pumped to be on it. I like to program and play a bit of cricket. A fun fact about me is that I have programmed apps and games.

Te Paea Rogers

Te Paea Rogers

Hukarere Girls' College

Kia ora. I'm Te Paea, 17, one of two Hukarere girls on Youth Council this year. It's an honour to serve and I hope we'll be able to accomplish something significant this year not only for Māori young, but young Napierians generally.

Theodore Apineru

Theodore Apineru

Napier Boys' High School

Hello there. I'm a 15-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.

Tyler  Taurima-Brown

Tyler Taurima-Brown

Tamatea High School

Kia ora, my name is Tyler (aka Tyler, the Creator!) and this is my second year on Youth Council. I'm a Year 13 student and Head Girl at Tamatea High School. I love being out in the community and getting involved! I joined the youth council to be the voice on behalf of those who are too whakamā (shy)! Some of the issues I care about include poverty, suicide, unemployment and crime within our community. Helping people is way up my alley! I can't wait to see what 2019 offers us as a team!

Delta Rose Huata

Delta Rose Huata

Hukarere Girls' College

Kia ora! I'm a proud student of Hukarere Girls' College. Our school motto "Kia Ū Ki Te Pai" translates to "Cleave to that which is good". It's a motto I've made my own. I hope I can be a real contributor to the Youth Council on behalf of young Napierites this year.

Mihnea Vlad

Mihnea Vlad

Napier Boy's High School

Yo Napierians! My name is Mihnea and I'm a student at Napier Boy's, the school so cruelly robbed by St Peter's in last year's Top Four rugby final. I digress. I am a man of many talents and more interests... watch this space!

Tom  Little

Tom Little

Taradale High School

Kia ora! My name is Tom! I go to Taradale High School! I am extremely enthusiastic (as evidenced by my penchant for exclamation marks!), I love getting involved in things and love the ocean! I am also really friendly so if you see me riding around, come say hi!

Jess Court-Wilson

Jess Court-Wilson

Hukarere Girls' College / NCC Community Advisor

Kia ora, I'm Jess Court-Wilson. I'm the oldest member of Youth Council, a MacMummy, a kind of Mother Hen to the little chicks. I see my role as an organiser, a facilitator who helps the Youth Council work together and get things done.

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