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Motueka youth want a central communal space

November 22nd, 2017
[by David Armstrong]

A survey of young people in the Tasman District shows that Motueka would be better for youth if there was a central communal space available for all young people.

The survey was conducted mainly online over about a month in September by the Tasman Youth Council. It was promoted heavily within Motueka High School and over social media.

Community Board Youth representative May Takahashi presented the Motueka area results on behalf of the Motueka Youth Council to the Motueka Community Board on Tuesday.

She said 98 people from within the Motueka Township completed the survey, which was "not bad considering how lazy some teenagers can be".

Young people were asked for their opinions on what's good about Motueka, what's not working for Motueka youth, and how would Motueka be better for youth in the future.

They were also asked questions about the top issues facing youth in the town, and potential solutions to those issues.

The problem areas most frequently mentioned were the lack of a central communal space available for all youth, not enough activities to do and the resulting boredom, and safety issues around drugs and alcohol.

More and better entertainment and facilities also figured strongly in the section asking how Motueka could be better for youth in the future.

But it was certainly not a totally negative story. A broad variety of aspects of Motueka got the nod as being good for the town and for young people, including categories such as the environment, the community spirit, sport and recreation, and accessibility.

The survey report also included similar information from a smaller number of responders about rural settlements in and close to the Motueka Ward.

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