Our Youth Rōpū is a body of young people aged 14-24 who are enthusiastic about the environment, civics and empowering young people across Waitaha (Canterbury).

Made up of 16 members, two from each voting constituency and two mana whenua representatives, the Youth Rōpū has been formed to facilitate a two-way relationship between young people and decision-makers in Waitaha.

With the support of the Youth Engagement and Education team, the Youth Rōpū gives young people in the Canterbury region an opportunity to promote the issues they care about.

The Youth Rōpū has two priorities; to ensure that the voices of young people are heard by decision-makers and staff at Environment Canterbury and to engage youth across Waitaha with their regional council.

To fulfil these objectives, the Youth Rōpū undertakes a variety of ongoing and project-based initiatives such as:

  • Providing advice to Council on their annual and long-term plans
  • Running monthly youth meetups in Christchurch and Timaru to engage with young people from across Waitaha
  • Advocating for youth members to be added as community members to Canterbury Water Zone Committees, with several Youth Rōpū members already having or soon to be appointed to their local committees
  • Developing relationships with other youth organisations in Waitaha
  • Running various other events across Waitaha.

 

2021 Annual Update

Our Youth Rōpū had a big 2021 and have recently published their annual update, which reflects on their achievements over the last year. 

Some of the achievements included:

  • extensive youth engagement and submissions to Council on the Long-Term Plan,
  • providing perspectives on climate change to multiple groups and committees,
  • members being appointed to their local Water Zone Committees,
  • and meeting regularly with Councillors and staff from across Environment Canterbury to share youth perspectives. 

 Download the full 2021 Youth Rōpū Annual Update (PDF file, 1.83MB)(external link)

Join the Youth Rōpū 2022

We are looking for three new Youth Rōpū representatives from across Waitaha/ Canterbury, including:

  • two in Mid-Canterbury/Ōpākihi
  • one in Christchurch West/Ōpuna.

Visit our Youth Rōpū engagement hub page(external link) to find out more about what it involves to become a member of the group and how to apply.

What Youth Rōpū membership involves

The Youth Rōpū recruits biannually, during which time young people are invited to apply for any vacancies on the rōpū.

More information on the application process can be found on the Have Your Say(external link) platform, where applications are also submitted during recruitment periods.

During the academic year, the Youth Rōpū meets once a month in Christchurch and fortnightly for an online meeting, with members expected to make a minimum time commitment of six hours per month.

Meet the team

View the profiles of the inspiring young people that make up our 2022 Youth Rōpū(external link).

Hadlee Begg, Alice Docking, Ruby Gill-Clifford, Colter Carson, Jolie Sarginson and Shelby Allan

Hadlee Begg, Alice Docking, Ruby Gill-Clifford, Colter Carson, Jolie Sarginson and Shelby Allan.

Youth Rōpū Chair Colter Carson and Deputy Chair Ruby Gill-Clifford.

Youth Rōpū Chair Colter Carson and Deputy Chair Ruby Gill-Clifford.

Oli Kirke, Greg Kiddney and Shannon McLean whiteboarding ideas.

Oli Kirke, Greg Kiddney and Shannon McLean whiteboarding ideas.

Jolie Sarginson, Alice Docking, Matt Stanford, Colter Carson, Shelby Allan and Amanda Kennedy.

Jolie Sarginson, Alice Docking, Matt Stanford, Colter Carson, Shelby Allan and Amanda Kennedy.

Social media

Follow our Youth Engagement team on Facebook(external link)

Follow our Youth Rōpū on Instagram(external link)

Follow our TikTok channel(external link)