Join Youth Council

Find out how you can be a part of the next Youth Council, and have your say on the way Wellington City runs.

Youth engagement survey

Young people’s voices are important – but unless they vote and engage with the government, they won’t be represented by our government.

Help us to develop a Youth Engagement Strategy and find ways to work better with young people:

See the Youth Council EngageWGTN video and be part of Wellington's future.

Why join

In 2014, less than half of people under 25 voted, compared with more than 90 per cent of people over 65. That means that young people aren't represented as much as they could be by government - both locally and nationally. We need to engage more to help government understand what is important to young people, and make sure our voices are heard.

How to apply

You can apply online using our application form, or answer the questions in a letter or digital format and give them to us by post or in person: Youth Council application form

Check the terms of reference

This explains what the Youth Council does, what is expected of you and what you can expect from Wellington City Council.

Terms of Reference (78KB PDF) | Text version  (17KB RTF)


To join Youth Council, you must:

  • be aged from 14 to 24
  • live within Wellington's city boundaries: Wellington wards map (218KB PDF)
  • be able to work with other people in a team
  • be proactive and committed to attending regular meetings.

Members also need to participate in at least two project working groups during the year.

Choosing members

We aim to keep Youth Council diverse to get a wide range of perspectives – when choosing members, we consider:

  • gender and sexual orientation
  • abilities
  • geographical location
  • educational level
  • employment status
  • cultural background.


The Youth Council appoints new members once a year in July, but you can apply at any time and we will contact you once recruitment starts.

Members are appointed for one-year terms, but can apply for additional terms.

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More information

James Mather, Governance Advisor

 Phone  (04) 803 8726