Education Minister announces Youth Advisory Group members

Twelve young New Zealanders have been selected to take part in the new Ministerial Youth Advisory Group, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced on Friday 17 November.

The Ministerial Youth Advisory Group will enable young people to have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them, and offer young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old, the opportunity to share their experiences of our education system, as well as ideas about any improvements we can make.

“I want our young people to have a say in the way our education system works and the Youth Advisory Group provides an exciting opportunity for young New Zealanders to get involved in the decision-making,” says Minister Hipkins.

The 2018 Youth Advisory Group members are:

  • Shaneel Lal, Otahuhu College, South Auckland
  • Bevan Xiao, Long Bay College, Auckland
  • Abby McRoberts, Aotea College, Porirua
  • Liam McLeavey, Waiopehu College, Levin
  • Okirano Tilaia, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
  • Geniqua Samupo, Avondale College, West Auckland
  • Brodie Cross, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu | Correspondence School, Christchurch
  • Nathan Farr, Kings’ High School, Dunedin
  • Hadassah Wharawhara, Te Kāpehu Whetū, Kerikeri
  • Costa Blackman, Tolaga Bay Area School, Tolaga Bay
  • Kate Morris, Darfield High School, Darfield
  • Watene Campbell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna, Wellington

“I am looking forward to working with this inspiring group of young people, hearing about their experiences of our education system, and how they think we can improve it,” says Minister Hipkins.

Youth Advisory Group member Brodie Cross, 17, is a Christchurch secondary school student with cerebral palsy.

“I look forward to being a voice for youth in 2018 and hope that I can help make a difference,” he says.

“I believe that all students deserve a chance, no matter what their possibilities in life may be.”

The Group will meet quarterly from February 2018 with the orientation day taking place before the first meeting. The members will decide what will be discussed at each meeting. Topics might include the future of work, student wellbeing, which of our education priorities matter to them, or their perspectives on technology and the use of digital tools in learning and assessment.

An online youth forum will include more than 150 young people who will discuss and test insights gathered from the advisory group, to ensure a wide range of viewpoints on selected education topics.

Registrations are still open to be part of the online forum so if you’re aged between 14 and 18 years old and want to take part, or know someone who you think would be interested, 

This is your opportunity to make a difference and have your say.

Get in touch if you have any questions about the Youth Advisory Group  or the Online Youth Forum. email: youth.voice@education.govt.nz.

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