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Youth activities planned to liven up the town

June 17th, 2015
[by David Armstrong]

An informal group of young people and youth leaders are organising a variety of activities around Motueka aiming to inject some life and colour to the town.

The group, loosely formed out of the Motueka Youth Summit which took place three weeks ago, now have an active Facebook group called Motueka Youth Creative Spaces, and are organising a follow-up meeting of the Youth Summit to make plans.

The open Facebook group has over 100 members now, and people are suggesting a range of possible activities. One is to follow the lead of Nelson and Richmond and place a piano in the central shopping area for anyone to play.

A surplus piano (in tune) has already been donated, castor wheels for moving it donated by Mitre 10 Motueka, and paints obtained for artistic young people to decorate it. A location is being negotiated with nearby retailers.

Other ideas being tossed around on the Facebook page are a youth quiz night, a bonfire and youth-led open-mic music nights.

Another initiative that emerged at the Youth Summit was mentoring of young people in life skills such as public speaking, writing CVs, leadership and financial management.

Further development in terms of finding out what skills young people would like help with, what adults and youth leaders are able to offer, and matching them is to be discussed at the summit follow-up.

The follow-up meeting will be held at the Top 10 Holiday Park conference centre on Monday 29th June from 6.00pm to 8.30pm. The organising team are hoping that all who attended the first summit, plus many other young people, will be able to attend and help maintain the momentum generated.


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