Youth Council

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The Wellington Youth Council meets regularly to provide a voice for young people.

They work on youth-related projects and advise Wellington City Council on issues that affect the city and the city's youth.

Main roles

  • Help and advise the Council on how to help grow a great city where young people can thrive and contribute to the Council's priorities
  • Provide added insight (a youth perspective) to the Council to solve problems in a changing world
  • Develop the capabilities of its members (including leadership and engaging more widely with youth)

The Terms of Reference describes what the Youth Council does.

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

Youth Council celebrate the end of 2017 with the Mayor and Councillors

Youth Council celebrate the end of 2017 with the Mayor and Councillors


Join Youth Council

Up to 20 young Wellingtonians from a variety of backgrounds are chosen to join Youth Council each year, with recruitment in July.

Find out how you can Join Youth Council, and have your say on the way our city runs.

Youth Council 2018


  • Anya Bukholt-Payne
  • Bethany Kaye-Blake
  • Brad Olsen (Chair)
  • Dexter Smith
  • Freja Cook
  • Jack Marshall
  • Jackson Lacy
  • Laura Somerset
  • Meredith Ross-James
  • Niamh Hyde
  • Oliver Michie (Deputy Chair)
  • Raihaan Dalwai
  • Sean Johnson
  • Shine Wu
  • Teri O'Neill
  • Timothy Rutherford
  • Watene Campbell


  • Jill Day
  • Simon Woolf

More information

Contact Dominic Tay, Democracy Advisor

Phone 027 803 0391

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