Hastings Youth Council

The Hastings Youth Council

 2017 Youth Council

Rytasha Sekhon Hanna Wrigley Pelerose Vaima’a Grace Peia
Hastings Girls High School Hastings Girls High School Hastings Girls High School Grace Peia
Hastings Girls
High School


Olivia Campbell Eleanor Matich Ella Hoogerbrug Hamish Legarth

Havelock North
High School
Havelock North 
High School
Havelock North 
High School

Havelock North 
High School


Liam Davies Reuben Lyndon Bethany Cox Calvin Herbert

Karamu High School

Karamu High School

Karamu High School

Hastings Boys
High School


Faith Gill Dylan Bishop Antonia Richardson Samantha Anderson Max Sharp

Flaxmere College

St Johns College

Rudolf Steiner

Sacred Heart


The Hastings Youth Council meets regularly to provide a voice for young people. It works on youth-related projects and advises Hastings District Council on issues that affect our district's youth.

Thank you to last year's Youth Council:

Dylan Bishop (St Johns), Nickylee Anderson (Sacred Heart), Isla Christensen and Summer Wynyard (Karamu High), Kyle Brittin and Gerard Chesterman (Lindisfarne College,) Faith Gill (Flaxmere College), Emma Cameron, Rytasha Sekhon, Inderpreet Kaur, Grace Peia, Hannah Kupa-Elliott and Madeline Jones (HGHS),  Bridget Perkins and Abby May  (Woodford House), Antonia Richardson (Rudolf Steiner),  Calvin Herbert (HBHS), Sophie Parsons (Iona College), Sarah Bradey (Havelock High), and K-Ci Williams (EIT)

The role of the Youth Council

The Youth Council's role is to:

  • give a youth perspective on issues 

  • promote and encourage youth involvement in planning and developing Council services

  • make sure the views of young people are canvassed and passed on to the Council

  • give advice on planning and infrastructure, particularly relating to any direct impact on young people

give input relating to policy and strategic development

Youth Councillors are expected to attend monthly or fortnightly meetings, help organise the Youth Potential awards, take part and attend events that have been confirmed by the Youth Council and attend an overnight retreat. View the accountability form here. 

There is a maximum of 15 members, and membership should be representative of:

  • gender
  • mixed abilities
  • geographical location
  • educational level
  • employment / unemployment
  • diverse cultural backgrounds

Youth Council Grants  

For the past two years the Youth Council have been in the fortunate position (due to funds carried forward and significant underspend activities) to be able to offer a round of grants for young people aged 13-19 who live in the Hastings District.

Congratulations to the following young people who were awarded grants from the 2016 Youth Council in December 2016:

1.Kate van Ingen, aged 17, Karamu High - National Youth Drama School
2.Paora Winitana, aged 13, St Johns - Basketball trip to the USA
3.Izzac Andrews, aged 15, Hastings Boys - Attend national rowing regatta
4.Jenna Tidswell, aged 16, Havelock High -  Southern O week, orienteering
5.Will Tidswell, aged 14, Havelock High - National orienteering camp
6.Bethany Cox, aged 16, Karamu High - Hands On Otago 2017
8. Nova Tautari, aged 17, Hastings Boys - Waka Ama Nationals cost
9. Georgia Hulls, aged 17, Havelock High - Rep NZ in Athletics in Sydney
10. Logan Stevenson, aged 17, Napier Boys - Attend world orienting champs
11. Hamish Legarth, aged 17, Havelock High - Help pay rowing regatta cost
12. Romaine Crawford, aged 18, Karamu High - UN Youth Rep in New York
13. Sam Gilbert, aged 14, Havelock High - Attend the Nationals for soccer
14. Dylan Bagley, aged 15, Karamu High -  National golf champs, central Otago
15. Serah Hartley, aged 13, Havelock High - Clarinet Tuition
16. Frank Maaka, aged 15, Te Ara Hou - Waka Ama Nationals cost
17. Devante Miller, aged 17, Hastings Boys - Basketball trip to the USA
18. Kate Rowland, aged 16, Hastings Girls - Claybird shooting champs
19. Nick Yorke, aged 15, Hastings Boys - Central u16 soccer trials 

Youth Strategy

We're currently putting together some information about how young people live and enjoy Hastings. 

But for now, get yourself up to speed with the  Youth Strategy 580 KB for Hastings. 

Contact us

If you want to talk to the Hastings Youth Council contact us on phone (06) 871 5000 or email council@hdc.govt.nz