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2016 Youth Events:


Kawerau Cinema in the Park 2016

An event designed to bring the Kawerau community together to enjoy a day out watching an outdoor movie on the big screen. KYC created a number of short ‘reaction’ videos scheduled to be broadcasted during the breaks. The videos shown had Kawerau seniors reacting to current popular youth activity to show the similarities, differences and common interests between young and elderly people of the Kawerau District – the event was ran in the school holidays. The movies being broadcast on the day were: The Avengers 1 & 2, Grease, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.



The Pacific Toyota Diddy Dig 2016

The Pacific Toyota Diddy Dig competition is a wood chip shovelling competition for children aged 10-12 years. 1st Place – ‘Dabb Out’ from Kawerau South School. South school took out the Diddy Dig competition for the 6th year in a row. This year we had 16 teams of 4 enter the diddy dig competition. The event despite the weather unfolded very well attracting close to 300 people. It was good to see parents, teachers, and even Principals from the Primary Schools come and support the kids, even NZ recognised fashion model Dannielle Hayes made an appearance at the Diddy Dig and she was scheduled to fly to Paris the very next day. During the half-time break we had Scottish Highland pipe/drum band ‘Clan Celtica’ perform for the kids, which was a huge spectacle.  We were lucky enough to have the weather hold out just at the right time for the Diddy Dig competition process. 


Kawerau on the Rise, 18th-23rd July 2016

Eastern Bay Health Alliance collaborated with the Kawerau Youth Council to deliver a talent quest to raise awareness of Rheumatic Fever, and also to acknowledge the local medical practitioners, schools, Iwi, Hapu whanau and youth. The talent quest including local talent aged between 8-19 years. Performances included internationally recognised artist Maisey Rika as well as national recognised performers Troy Kingi and Seth Haapu. Food vendors and local fundraising groups were set up near the Town Hall. It was a fun and interactive day for families of the Kawerau District to enjoy.


Kawerau on the Rise, 18th-23rd July 2016

A week of health based activities guided by the “He Whare Tapa Wha” model which takes a holistic approach to health, acknowledging that physical, spiritual, family and mental health are fundamental to overall wellbeing. Coordinated and co-facilitated by the Kawerau Youth Council and Dream Chaser Foundation and in partnership with the various local youth agencies and groups in the district. All activities were delivered in the school holidays, the activities throughout the week included: Geocaching, Pokemon Go Walk, a Police Physical Competency Test, Roller Disco with the Family, special guest Mike King speech about a healthy lifestyle, Mau Rakau, Cross Fit, and a community Health Expo. Click Here to view images of the Kawerau on the Rise event


Kawerau King of the Mountain 2016

Putauaki, also known as Mount Edgecumbe, is a dacite volcanic cone in the Bay of Plenty Region of New Zealand. Located 50 km east of Rotorua and three kilometres east of Kawerau, it is the easternmost vent of the Okataina volcanic centre, within the Taupo Volcanic Zone. The mountain rises to 820 m above sea level, and is visible from the waters of the Bay of Plenty, 30 km to the north. Every year a King of the Mountain race is run on Putauaki as part of the international King of the Mountain series. Kawerau's annual Mountain Race is without a shadow of doubt the steepest ‘run’ in New Zealand.

Once again KYC proved to be reliable and trustworthy youth by volunteering at the 2016 Kawerau King of the Mountain (KOTM). Leading up to the KOTM event KYC alongside the Kawerau Take the Lead group organised the Prince and Princess training sessions, to help young people in the district to prepare for the big day. KYC and Take the Lead volunteered organised the Prince and Princess Registrations and the refreshments section at the finish line. They also helped with set up and pack down of the overall event.


Kawerau Rugger Raft - Chiefs visit to Kawerau 2016

Although many KYC members were actual fans of the Hurricanes Rugby Team, this was still an amazing opportunity to host the Chiefs in Kawerau. KYC and the KDC Events Team planned to broaden the opportunity by organising an event that would allow youth of the community to go rafting down the Tarawera River with the Chiefs. The event also included Bubble Soccer, NZ Fire Service activities, Rugby Goal kicking activities ran by Tuwharetoa ki Kawerau Hauora and a free BBQ ran by Blue Light Kawerau and the Z Service Station Kawerau. The day concluded with a public Chiefs signing area for youth to collect their autographs.


2015 Youth Events:


Final Tuia Wananga for 2015

It is the 5th year celebration for the Mayor's Taskforce Tuia Initiative, this year's delegates Bless Maxwell and Levi Whata will travel to Auckland to stay at AUT Marae. Powhiri is scheduled for Thursday 6th November 4.30pm.  The Tuia team have invited mayor's from across the country to attend a luncheon and workshop designed to evaluate the Mayors Taskforce for Jobs Rangatahi Leadership Programme. The luncheon and workshop will coincide with this wananga scheduled on Friday 27 November from 10am to 2pm held at AUT Marae. This will give the mayors the opportunuty to meet and hear directly from rangatahi participants about their experiences and challenges. 


'Do You Dig It' KYC Community Garden

A noho and series of workshops run over a month pulling together interested young people in the community to learn, prepare, plant and maintain a community garden. Expertise and support provided by adults across the district - the garden will be an ongoing commitment for the group and community - Kiatiakitanga and Koha.


Kawerau Xmas Parade & Kawerau Xmas in the Park 2015

Following last year's success with the Xmas Float Parade, KYC will be entering the parade again. KYC are currently planning float ideas and costumes. Throughout the day KYC members will volunteer at the Kawerau Xmas in the Park 12th December 2015.


KYC Breakup 2015

This year KYC have decided to have their breakup in Auckland. Highlighted options include: Spending the day at Rainbows End or spending the day at Piha Beach. Plans are still in progress. Last year KYC went to the Rotorua Museum, Rotorua Lakefront, Hamilton City Markets and the Temple View Lights Show for their end of year breakup.


Kawerau King of the Mountain 2015

Kawerau Youth Council members volunteered at registration for the Prince and Princess Race. KYC members also helped with setup and pack down of the event and also remained behind to tidy up Firming Fields Reserve by cleaning up and picking up rubbish.

Click Here for images of the event


KYC Support WDYC at Colour Rush 2015

This year the Kawerau Youth Council spent a weekend in Whakatane to support the Whakatane District Youth Council in their ‘Colour Rush’ event. KYC members volunteered at different colour stations where they would throw colour at on-coming runners. Other KYC members participated in the event.

Click Here for KYC images of the event


Kawerau Young Achievers Awards 2015

The Kawerau Youth Council successfully delivered an awards ceremony to recognise and celebrate the achievement of young people in the Kawerau District. The special guest appearance this year was Actor/Musician Troy Kingi originally from Kawerau. KYC made use of the new projector and sound system installed in the Town Hall.

Here is the introduction video for Young Achievers 2015:    


KYC and Kawerau Bluelight Collaboration

This year the Kawerau Youth Council have volunteered their time to supervise at a number of Kawerau Blue Light Discos. KYC are also in charge of playing the music (DJ) for the night. The discos run between 5pm - 7pm. KYC have volunteered at 3 discos so far, it is a great time for kids to enjoy themselves and have lots of fun. Click Here for images of the Kawerau Bluelight Discos.

KYC was also invited by Kawerau Bluelight to help supervise at their recent Bluelight trip to Rainbows End in Auckland. 


The Kawerau Diddy Dig 2015

Thank goodness the weather held out for this year’s Diddy Dig. This is the 5th year running the Diddy Dig competition. Each participant received a Diddy Dig T-shirt. It was good to see all KYC members helping out throughout the day, from shovelling wood chips to setting up and packing down. Kawerau South School reign as the supreme Diddy Dig Champions once again. Congratulations to Kawerau Putauaki School, and Te Whatatau o Putauaki for their outstanding efforts. Lots of spot prizes handed out throughout the day.

Click Here to see more images of the Kawerau Diddy Dig 2015. 


KYC Submission to Council & KYC Aerial Footage

Five Kawerau Youth Council members stood before the Mayor and his councillors to present their ideas and initiatives for a better and safer Kawerau Community. Points addressed were the maintenance of the Kawerau Skate Park, Fence instalment at the Basketball Court for a safer environment, a 50 Meter Pool and a relocatable bus shelter. All except the bus shelter idea was passed through council.

Kawerau Youth Council also went out filming with Music Video Producer Shae Stirling and Youth Projects Officer John Rika. A drone was used to capture the footage. The video was posted onto Facebook and gained mass attention being viewed more than 40,000 times and shared over 1000 times. Click Here to view the video (Click on 'HD' to view in High Definition).


Kawerau Anzac Centennial Celebrations 2015

KYC conducted a number of interviews in the Kawerau community about Anzac Day and what it means to them. The interviews were shown at the Anzac Day Centennial celebrations for the public to see. This was a great opportunity for Kawerau Youth to engage and learn more about Anzac Day. Here is video of some of the interviews conducted by KYC.

KYC ANZAC Day Tribute Video Click Here


The Kawerau Bubble Blast 2015

A community event that attracted a high number of Kawerau youth. Activities included Laser Tag in the Ron Hardie Rec Centre and Bubble Soccer on the Circus Paddock Reserve.

This event was delivered in correspondance with the new Kawerau Youth Policy, surveys were conducted throughout the day to help gather information for the new Youth Policy.

KYC Members (Left/right) Majean Rogers, Amy Hayes (Take the Lead Facilitator), Heidi Mills (Youth Worker & Data Analyst), Rebekah Bloxham, Timo Rogers, Taylor van Gulick, Saphyrra Delamere, Alexaan Kelly, Lee Barton (KDC Events Coordinator), Bless Maxwell, Levi Whata

Youth Training & Consultation Weekend

An induction to Youth Council roles and responsibilities to prepare them for the year ahead.

KYC spent the weekend at All Seasons Holiday Park in Rotorua. Event planning workshops were held, confidence and team building excercises. They also spent some time at the Rotorua Adrenalin Forest to help test their abilities in uncomfortable situations.

Click Here for more images of the Training and Consultation Weekend


2014 Events

Kawerau Youth Celebrating Youth Week 2014

Wide range of activities KYC were involved with during Youth Week:

Activities included - Rafting down the Tarawera River with the local schools and Blue Light, Touch Rugby, Cross Fit exercises, BBQ hosted by Blue Light,

and the Tarawera High School vs Edgecumbe College 1st XV Rugby Game.

Click Here for more images of Youth Week in Kawerau

Kawerau Youth Council volunteer at Anzac Service 2014

The dawn parade and service was a success. Youth Prefects from Tarawera High School volunteered to serve Breakfast for the public.

Kawerau Youth Council helped set up and pack down of the event. KYC also helped with providing the public with programmes/itinerary of the event.

Click here for more photos of the Kawerau Anzac Service 2014.

Another great opportunity for Kawerau Youth to be engaged with a community event. 

Kawerau Youth Council attend Yroa Ynot National Youth Conference 2014

4x KYC members attended the Yroa Ynot National Youth Conference - Leo Bicknell, Iraia Nuku, Taylor van Gulick and Corrina Ngatoro. This was a good opportunity to establish and build relationships with other youth groups in the country.

There were 150 youth that attended the conference. There was a prize giving ceremony where 8 supreme awards were given out to the Most Outstanding Youth, 2 of those awards were given to KYC members Leo and Iraia.

Click Here to view images of the conference.


Kawerau Youth Council volunteering at Mana Wahine Fight For Life

KYC volunteering at the Mana Wahine Fight for Life event:

- Ushering, waiting tables

- Sausage sizzle fundraiser store to help raise money for 2014 youth projects

- Help setup and pack down of venue, an awesome opportunity to help in a community event. Click Here for images of the event


Kawerau Youth Council Leadership Camp 2014

11th May 2014 KYC members attended the overnight leadership/team building camp. This year KYC leadership camp was held in Tauranga at Lake Waimarino Adventure Park.

The leadership camp is a great opportunity for the newly appointed KYC members to get to know each other and work together as a team.

Click Here for images of the the leadership camp

Kawerau Careers Expo 2014

The Kawerau Youth Council had the opportunity to set up their own display at the Careers Expo. KYC also helped with setup and pack down of the event.

The event was a success drawing in students from all High School's accross the Eastern Bay of Plenty. There were spot prizes up for grabs, public seminars advertising the benefits of Tertiary Education, and a large Jenga display game for students to play.

Click Here to view pictures of the event.


 Kawerau Youth Council presents: Skate Park Jam

- March 15th 2014. Kawerau Skate Park, Skate Jam Registration Form 2014 Click

- For more info contact: JJ 07 3069048


Kawerau Talent Quest – Raising Awareness for Rheumatic Fever: