Council wins supreme youth award
Friday 20 April 2012
Mayor Jenny Rowan and Councillor Penny Gaylor with members of the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council holding the supreme award won by Kāpiti Coast District Council.
Kāpiti Coast District Council has won the supreme award in the biennial Youth in Local Government Awards.
The award, which recognises councils doing great things for youth development, was presented at the Youth in Local Government Leadership Conference in Invercargill.
A Kāpiti delegation, including members of the Kāpiti Coast Youth Council and Mayor Jenny Rowan, were at the conference to receive the award.
“This is such an honour and recognises the effective partnering of the Council and Youth Council in connecting with young people in our communities and developing creative ways to enrich their lives,” said Mayor Rowan.
The Council won the award for developing, in partnership with the Youth Council, the Kāpiti Coast Youth Survey and Youth2U Action Plan, which has resulted in initiatives such as the Youth2ULive programme of youth-focussed activities, the ThinkBIG Leadership Development Programme and the Youth2UDollars grants scheme.
Social Wellbeing Manager, Cath Edmondson, says the team is very excited by the win. “We feel our efforts working with the Youth Council on behalf of the District’s young people have been recognised and we have an amazing Taonga to share with the community.”
The recognition of Council’s achievements in youth initiatives follows on from news it has made the finals of the 2012 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) Awards.
The EECA Awards celebrate organisations and individuals who have demonstrated excellence and innovation in energy efficiency or renewable energy.