My education, my voice

If you're aged between 14 and 18, find out how you can have your say about the education system.

A Youth Advisory Group and Online Youth Forum have been set up so that young people between the ages of 14 and 18 have the opportunity to have a say about education in New Zealand.

Youth Advisory Group

Twelve young New Zealanders have been selected to take part in the 2018 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group, Education Minister Chris Hipkins announced on 17 November.

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

Meet the members

Find out more about each of the 2018 Youth Advisory Group members as they introduce themselves, in their own words.

You can still sign up for the Online Youth Forum (external link) and have your say.

Online Youth Forum

Reasons why you should get involved in the Online Youth Forum

  • All 14-18 year olds can take part in the Online Youth Forum (external link) and you can sign up at any time, so spread the word and get your friends involved too.
  • You don’t have to be a student to sign up for the Online Youth Forum
  • You will meet other young people who also want to make a difference
  • Your perspectives will be shared with the education agencies – so your ideas could make a difference.

Sign up online  (external link)

If you sign up to be part of the online youth forum, you will be invited to discuss and test the insights gathered from the young people in the Youth Advisory Group. We want a wide range of perspectives and ideas and there is no limit on the number of people in the online forum so get involved. You don’t have to be a student to take part.

The insights from both groups will then be shared with the education agencies.

What you choose to talk about is up to you. We will have a range of topics that will help guide the discussions, including the future of work, student wellbeing, which education priorities matter, or perspectives on technology and the use of digital tools in learning and assessment.

To be considered for the Online Youth Forum you'll need to be:

  • Aged between 14 and 18 years on the 1 January 2018 
  • A citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand 
  • Respectful of other people's opinions
  • Able to get parental, caregiver or legal guardian consent

Further information


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