The Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū is a new initiative led by young people and the Youth Engagement and Education Team at Environment Canterbury. It is a formalised group of young people with the purpose of building a two-way relationship between young people and decision-makers of Environment Canterbury.

Building the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū

For over a year, young people and Environment Canterbury engaged in conversations about how to build a two-way relationship between young people and decision-makers in Canterbury.

A group of young people formed a working group (Youth Participation Platform Working Group or YPPWG) with support from the Environment Canterbury Youth Engagement and Education Team (YEET) and funding from the Ministry of Youth Development.

The resultant Youth Rōpū is a voluntary group for people aged 14-24 who have an interest in the environment, developing their leadership skills and being part of an exciting team of young people that make a difference. The formalised group is made of 16 people, with two Mana Whenua and two geographic representatives from the following areas - North Canterbury, Mid Canterbury, South Canterbury, Christchurch North East, Christchurch West, Christchurch South and Christchurch Central.

Areas of focus for the Youth Rōpū include:

  • Advice to Councillors and staff – to inform process and decisions
  • Attend ECan meetings of relevance – to be a youth voice and presence
  • Consultations and submissions – to influence decisions being made
  • Social media – to engage a wide range of young people in relevant issues
  • Organizing events – to foster youth engagement with the relevant issues

Meet the team

Finalised in March, the Environment Canterbury Youth Rōpū are now working hard to establish their structure, code of conduct, goals and objectives and a plan on how to deliver on these. The Rōpū have plans to meet fortnightly online and will meet face-to-face on Sunday afternoons every couple of months.

This page will be updated with further information as the Rōpū develops around this team and their vision as a group. In the meantime, meet the inspiring young people who sit on this committee and find out a little more about them here.(external link)