Our Youth Rōpū is a voluntary group for people aged 14-24, who are enthusiastic about the environment, developing leadership skills and being part of a team to increase youth engagement and the youth voice.

Nau mai, haere mai to the Youth Rōpū for 2020

Welcome to our 2020 Youth Rōpū. This year we have a mix of new and returning members.

The group is supported by our Youth Engagement and Education team and works with decision-makers at the Council to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

Over the coming year, the priority of the Youth Rōpū is to continue to give youth in the Canterbury region an opportunity to promote the environmental issues they care about.

They will connect with people and groups with an interest in what we are doing, to build and grow relationships and to continue to shape the role of the Youth Rōpū going forward.

Meet the team

View the profiles of the inspiring young people that make up our 2020 Youth Rōpū(external link).

Areas of focus for the Youth Rōpū

  • To give a youth perspective – to inform process and decisions.
  • Consultations and submissions – to influence decisions being made.
  • Social media – to engage a wide range of young people in relevant issues.
  • Organising events – to foster youth engagement with relevant issues.

What Youth Rōpū membership involves

In November each year, we invite applicants to become Youth Rōpū representatives. We run the recruitment process on our Have Your Say(external link) platform.

During the year there are eight to 10 face-to-face meetings in Christchurch, and a fortnightly one-hour online meeting, with a minimum time commitment of six hours per month. 

Looking ahead

In May 2020, our Youth Rōpū will celebrate its first birthday. We have learned a lot in the last 12 months, and now have a second member joining a Water Zone Committee.

We are working hard on our feedback to the Council, so it’s going to be a busy year.