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Nelson Youth Council

The Nelson Youth Council is a group of twenty diverse young people aged 14-19 who work to make the city a better place for youth and to give young people a voice in Nelson.

Applications for the 2021 Nelson Youth Council have closed.

We aim to have representatives in every secondary school in the Nelson region, as well as NMIT and community representatives. We meet monthly in the Council Chamber to discuss youth issues, actions and projects we have on the go.

Visit our Facebook page or Instagram @nelsonyouthcouncil for details about Youth Council activities and awesome youth events going on in Nelson.

Youth Council Aims

Some of the Nelson Youth Council’s aims are to: 

  • Give Nelson youth a real voice
  • Discuss and work towards solutions with the Nelson City Council and Nelson youth on issues and projects that concern young people in Nelson
  • Bring the needs and concerns of young people to the attention of local and central government
  • Assist with Nelson City Council’s planning processes to ensure a youth voice is heard by the Council
  • Identify local youth needs and resources (and bring these to attention)
  • Provide experience of local government to youth

To carry out these aims we work with Nelson City Council officers and external organisations, such as the electoral office and Smokefree Rockquest. We make submissions to Council, organise and support youth events, and sponsor youth awards. We also run our own projects and initiatives around issues we have found important to young people in the community.

Recent Achievements

A few things we have done recently include:

  • Representative on the Sister City Co-ordinating Group, Creative Communities Assessment panel and the Youth Sector Leadership Group.
  • Presented submissions on: Annual Plan 2019-2020 and  2020-2021, Nelson Future Access, the Dog Control Policy and Bylaw, Navigational Safety Bylaw, Future Development Strategy, Upper Trafalgar Street, Wakatu Square Statement of Proposal, Waimea Road Speed Limit Change.

Two Youth Councillors attend most Nelson City Council and committee meetings to provide a youth voice to Council.

Contact Us

find us on facebook youth council We are all about hearing the voice of youth! If you have anything that you think needs to be said feel free to get in contact with one of us or visit our Facebook page so we can represent you!

Contact the Nelson Youth Council through our coordinator, Rachael Large