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Young people gear up for Youth Week activities

May 9th, 2011
[Tasman District Council press release]

Young people and youth agencies in Nelson-Tasman are gearing up for a week-long programme of youth activities, events and exhibitions as Youth Week for 2011 is celebrated across the Top of the South.

STEP UP, Be heard, Take responsibility, Be YOUth is the underlying theme around the 2011 campaign. Tasman District Council's Community Recreation Officer Paul McConachie says Youth Week is all about celebrating young people.

"It's an opportunity for young people to have some fun, attend live events, showcase their talents, celebrate their contribution to the community and to have their voices heard on a range of issues," he says.

To coincide with Youth Week 2011, a Nelson-Tasman Youth Week Event Listing Brochure has been produced outlining 12 premiere youth events on offer regionally. The publication has had considerable input in its design and distribution from Tasman Youth Council members, thanks to funding from the Ministry of Youth Development. Brochures can be picked up from Nelson City and Tasman District Council Service Centres and Libraries or viewed online at

The origins of Youth Week date back to the mid 1990s when a handful of youth-focussed events scattered around Canada took place in an attempt to raise the awareness of young people and celebrate their achievements. In the years that followed, Youth Week grew on a global scale, with countries all around the world including New Zealand supporting and celebrating young people and their contribution they make towards the world we live in.

Youth Week 2011 Highlights:

Youth Week Opening Launch Party
Wednesday, 18 May 2011, 6.30-9.00pm, Richmond Recreation Centre, Richmond.
An interactive evening of live youth music and performances, games, drinks and nibbles, and an opportunity for youth agencies to promote their upcoming youth week events and initiatives.

Music While You Read
Thursday, 26 May 2011, 3.30-4.30pm, Richmond Public Library, Richmond.
Live and unplugged performances from a selection of Waimea College's finest music students.

Pride of Place Celebration
Thursday, 26 May 2011, 7.00-9.00pm, St Peter's Chanel School Hall, Motueka.
An evening to celebrate how young people in our community have taken a proactive role on addressing and stamping out graffiti vandalism. Includes live performances, short films and exhibitions.

Murchison May Masquerade
Friday, 27 May 2011, 8-11pm, Murchison Sport Recreation and Cultural Centre, Murchison.
Semi formal masquerade dance, with fine finger foods, and bass pumping dance beats.

Sunday, 29 May 2011, 10.00am-5.00pm, Takaka Library Carpark, Takaka.
Top-team type co-operative games day presented by the Golden Bay Tasman Youth Council Crew with live bands for entertainment and food stalls for nourishment.


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