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Youth Council

May 2021 Youth Week
August 2021 NZ Mountain Film Festival National Tour
September 2021 Mental Health Awareness Week
October 2021 Bite Nite Culture Fest

What's been happening?

The 2020 Ashburton Youth Council members have been working hard to achieve the goals they outlined in their annual strategic plan. Activities have included writing monthly articles for District Diary, supporting community initiatives, submitting on Ashburton District Council consultations, fundraising and delivering Bite Nite Reimagined.

You can keep up to date with the Youth Council by 'Liking' them on Facebook and Instagram, ​and seeing what's happening at their monthly meetings.​​
Ashburton Youth Council 2020 Group Photo

Previous activities

​Bite Nite Reimagined

In 2020, Youth Councillors coordinated and held a successful community event called 'Bite Nite Reimagined’, where the public were invited to an evening of entertainment, food and activities at the EA Networks Centre. All proceeds on the night were donated to the Kanuka Trust of Mid Canterbury. ​

Check out the photos from the night

Interested in becoming a Youth Leader? Want to make an impact in your community? Passionate about youth voices being heard?

Kick-start your leadership ambitions and add to your CV by becoming a Youth Leader.
The programme is open to those living in the Ashburton District between the ages of 12 and 24.  As a Youth Leader, you will gain knowledge, insight, experience and contacts right here in the Ashburton District.

Our vision is to have empowered and engaged young people, working towards a thriving community.

  • You will have an active role in delivering youth-focused events and activities to the local community.
  • You will increase awareness of youth issues, service, facilities and the Ashburton Youth Council.
  • We will support you through mentoring, training and skill development.
    The Ashburton Youth Council aims to:
  • Provide a forum and engage young people in Ashburton District Council’s decision-making processes
  • Increase the Council’s understanding of young people’s perspectives and needs

Applications for 2021 will open in October 2020 and close in December 2020.  Places are limited, so if you are interested in becoming a candidate get your application in!

Eligibility and selection criteria

Places in the Ashburton Youth Council are limited to twelve or less.  Youth Leaders will be selected by a panel using the following criteria:​

  • Aged between 12 and 24 years​
  • Living in the Ashburton District
  • Passionate about youth voices being heard
  • Available for monthly meetings, held on the first Wednesday of every month from 4.00pm to 6.00pm
  • Can commit to approximately two to five volunteer hours per month
  • Nominated by a current Mayor, Councillor, Methven Community Board members, Rakaia Community Association member, Member of Parliament
  • Applications must include a letter of support from the nominator
  • Applications must include a copy of your current C.V.

The selection panel will consist of two ADC Councillors, ADC Council Liaison Officer, ADC Communications Manager, ADC Economic Development Manager​

Ashburton Youth Council Executive Members

Michael Baker, The chairperson of Ashburton Youth Council



Lara Shierlaw, Deputy Chairperson of Ashburton Youth Council

Deputy Chairperson & Community Liaison


Hi guys my name is Lara and I am a year 11 at Ashburton College. Some of my interests include reading, bike riding and spending time with my family and friends. I am so excited to be in the 2021 Ashburton Youth Council. I am ready to get things done and make some changes in and around Ashburton. :)

Henry Goodes, Deputy Chairperson and Event Liaison for Ashburton Youth Council

Deputy Chairperson & Event Liaison


I’m a 15 year old student currently studying Year 11 at Ashburton College. In my spare time I enjoy baking, traveling, movies, books and sailing. 2021 is going to be a big year for me, having to start NCEA, and being offered the role of Event Liaison for the Ashburton Youth Council. Last year was my first year on the Youth Council. I enjoyed learning more about the role that Youth Council plays in our community. I believe we have many things to offer to the Ashburton District and hope we provide family friendly events. I’m looking forward to having a good year with the Ashburton Youth Council and being the Event Liaison for this year.

Beatrice Bernarte, Global ambassador Chairperson for Ashburton Youth Council

Global Ambassador Chairperson


I am 20 years old, from the Philippines.  me and my family have been here in NZ for nearly 3 years now.  I see how people here are genuinely kind and helpful which encourages me to join the Council for youth.  By helping out in any way I can is my way of giving back and saying thanks to the people who made Ashburton feel like home, especially for us, migrants.

Maddie Page, Secretary for Ashburton Youth Council



I am the secretary on the Ashburton Youth Council 2021.  I am a year 9 at Ashburton College this year.  One of my biggest passions is dancing, I do Hip Hop and Lyrical at LDA and I love every moment I spend there.  Some more things I enjoy are cooking, art, acting, reading, writing, sports, photography and hanging out with my family and friends.  I am excited to see where 2021 takes us and I know that each and every one on this year's Youth Council will make fabulous members and good friends.  This year we have some very exciting events that I am thrilled to be able to share with the Ashburton community.  I feel very priviledged to have this opportunity and encourage anyone from the ages 12-24 to give it a go.

John Magyaya

Media Coordinator


Hello guys! I am John Julius Magyaya. It's been almost 2 years since I came here to New Zealand from the Philippines. I am a Year 13 this year and I am currently studying at Ashburton College. I like dancing, singing and painting! Last year, I joined the Ashburton Youth Council. The Youth Council really helped me develop my leadership skills and self confidence while I continue to help and engage with our community. This year, as the media coordinator for the AYC, I hope to bringing my best not only to the council but to our dearest community too!

Ashburton Youth Council Members

Dom Rodgers-Cotter


Sophia Aguila


Hey guys my name is Sophia Aguila. I’m 13 years old and I’m a year 9 at Ashburton college this year. I was born in the Philippines and moved to New Zealand at 2 years old. I love playing netball and doing gymnastics. I also love travelling. I’m really excited to be a part of the Ashburton Youth Council this year! Being a part of it has given me a chance to step out of my comfort zone and be more involved out in the community. I’m looking forward to being in the AYC this year.

Alex Cojocaru


Janre Lim


I'm Janre Lim studying at Mt Hutt College and currently in year 12.  In my spare time, I play volleyball, badminton and chess while also continuing my passion for music with piano and euphonium.  I also enjoy reading, digital drawing and painting.  I joined AYC this year in hope to encourage myself to go beyond my comfort zone.  Looking forward to things that we can offer as a group to the Ashburton community.

Esterlin Faamausili


Talofa everyone! 😁My name is Easterlin and I am so happy to be part of AYC for 2021! I'm from Samoa 🇼🇸and I love netball and volleyball. I’ve always enjoyed taking on leadership roles as I like being of service to others in any way I can. My future career goal is to get into medicine and become a doctor. This has always been a dream of mine as I would love to get into a profession that helps our community. I am excited to see what we are going to achieve in AYC this year and be sure to keep a look out for our events as we have a lot of fun stuff planned!! 😊🥳

Anna Tu'amoheloa


Hi! my name is Anna Tuamoheloa and I’m currently year 11 at Mt Hutt College. I joined AYC because I’m quite passionate about being able to have a voice and represent the pasifika community and being apart of AYC was the perfect opportunity for that, I love travelling, playing sports, skiing/snowboarding and also trying new experiences and I look forward to being apart of this new experience this year as well and seeing what I can do in 2021.