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 describe what the Youth Council does.

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

Wellington City Youth Council with Mayor Justin Lester (August 2018)

Youth Council members with Mayor Justin Lester

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 2018/19


  • Shine Wu (Chair) 
  • Freja Cook (Deputy Chair)
  • Bethany Kaye-Blake
  • Brad Olsen
  • Carl Bennett
  • Dexter Smith
  • Ella Flavell
  • Jackson Lacy
  • Laura Somerset
  • Liam Davies
  • Melania Lui-Fai
  • Neesha Dixon
  • Ollie Michie
  • Raihaan Dalwai
  • Sarah Gardenier
  • Teri O'Neill
  • Tim Rutherford
  • Watene Campbell


  • Jill Day
  • Simon Woolf

More information

Contact Sean Johnson, Senior Democracy Advisor

Phone 027 803 0758

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