Participants at last year’s hui

Role in the world examined

by Mike Isle

A regional hui set up by and for young people to discuss their role in the world is once again being spearheaded by Environment Canterbury’s youth engagement team.

According to the team’s leader, Hannah Dunlop, it is all about empowering tomorrow’s leaders.

“If we’re expecting these young people to inherit the decisions we make today, we should get them involved in helping make those decisions, but also to understand them so they can feel a sense of empowerment, engagement and agency in their world and that they have a role to play in that.”

A participant in last year’s hui, Zoe Watson, then a Year 12 student from Hurunui College, had already shown her interest in youth affairs through her membership of Hurunui Youth Council but hadn’t realised how much there was to learn.

“I hadn’t known that much about how government really works, but having the guy come in and talk about it, it’s just incredible knowing how the whole system works. I think it really should be taught more in schools,” Zoe said “I think it’s really important for our generation to be taught because we are the future and if we don’t do anything about it, then we’re not going to have a place to live. We need to solve this now.”

This year’s hui will take place for three days from June 20 to June 22 at the Onuku Marae, Akaroa, Banks Peninsula.

To register, use the online form on Environment Canterbury’s website or contact Hannah Dunlop for more information hannah.dunlop@ecan.govt.nz. Participants must be between 15 to 24 and resident in Canterbury.