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.

Supporting our young people to have a say is important. The purpose of the Youth Council is to ensure a youth perspective is provided to the Wellington City Council, and we build our Council’s knowledge of the needs of young people in Wellington City.

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.

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.


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.

How to apply

The Council is now recruiting new members for 2017, and would like to attract young people from a range of backgrounds and experiences. We're keen to hear from young Wellingtonians that want to make a positive difference in their community.

Expressions of interest are open from 24 July to 7 August 2017.

Interested applicants are invited to come along to Youth Council meetings on 2 August and 16 August, 2017.

In order to apply, send an email to with the following:

  • your curriculum vitae
  • a cover letter, explaining why you think you’d make a good Youth Councillor
  • a one page essay, outlining either:
    • an exciting youth based policy you have for Wellington City, or
    • your vision for Wellington City.

Please also indicate in the email:

  • if you live live within Wellington's city boundaries: Wellington wards map (218KB PDF)
  • if you can commit to being on Youth Council for 1 year
  • if you can be available for meetings at 4pm on Wednesday
  • if you are able to work outside of scheduled Youth Council meetings to carry out research or take part in project working groups.

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.

Youth Council terms of reference (78KB PDF) | Text version  (17KB RTF)

More information

Nevada Lee-Mariu, Governance Advisor

Phone 027 087 0038