Join the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū

Applications are now open for the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū (EYR).

The Youth Rōpū is a voluntary group for young people aged 14-24, coordinated by the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury Regional Council.

If you’re interested in the environment and want to help strengthen the youth voice in Canterbury, apply now! Applications close 20 December 2019.

There are six vacancies for 2020 in the following areas:

  • North Canterbury (2)
  • North/East Christchurch (1)
  • South Christchurch (1)
  • Mid-Canterbury (1)
  • South Canterbury (1)

The goal of the Youth Rōpū is to build the relationship between the Regional Council and young people to empower each other to be good kaitiaki of our environment.

The group is made up of 16 people with two mana whenua, and two geographic representatives from North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Christchurch North East, Christchurch West, Christchurch South, and Christchurch Central.

Learn more about the Youth Rōpū.

What is involved?

The baseline commitment is to attend a face-to-face meeting every six weeks in Christchurch (usually on a Sunday 11am-4pm), a fortnightly one-hour online meeting and be active in at least one team. This would be a minimum time commitment of six hours per month.

The Youth Rōpū has adopted a flat leadership structure with four teams set up to deliver on five priority areas:

  • Social media – responsible for planning and running social media activities and posts
  • Coordination – responsible for the internal organisation of the EYR
  • Events and partnerships – responsible for running and partnering on events and building relationships with relevant groups and organisations
  • Consultations and submissions – responsible for strategic involvement with consultations and submissions on key issues relating to Environment Canterbury.

If you have any questions, please contact or call 027 405 4895.


“Young people should apply so they can be part of the conversation, a meaningful conversation which you feel included in and not dumbed down. I loved being in the Youth Rōpū to build my relationships with people I would have never met if not for our common purpose in this group. I’ve made so many genuine relationships in areas I am passionate about; not just for my hobbies but where I want to take my studies also. Such a warm and welcoming environment! I thought the group would be a time-filler, but I’ve gained so much more than that!” - Erana Riddell

“Brilliant opportunity, a chance to help the community and learn heaps in the process. A tight-knit group of awesome innovative people.” – Josh Earnshaw

“Every week I look forward to taking on new challenges, meeting new people, or being able to have my voice heard, and the Youth Rōpū is to thank for that.” - Sophie Pye