Speed networking for Capital's Absolutely Positive students

2 March 2015

Wellington students who were recognised for exemplary community spirit by Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s Absolutely Positively Student Awards will meet civic leaders next week in an event with a difference.

The 16 students will share ideas, stories, projects and their community achievements with the Mayor, Wellington City Councillors and staff in a ‘speed networking’ event at the Wellington Central Library next Thursday, 5 March.

This event has been designed as a fun way for the Council and students to learn about each other’s achievements and vision for the Capital, and for the students and schools to learn more about Council and the services offered.

Mayor Celia Wade-Brown, who yesterday launched Wellington City’s bid to be accredited as a UNICEF Child Friendly City, says the voice of young people is crucial in planning for Wellington’s future.

“There is a strong community spirit and so many great ideas among our young people that we must listen to,” says the Mayor.

“The inaugural winners of the Absolutely Positively Wellington Student awards are a thoughtful, kind and dedicated group who have already given an incredible amount of time and energy to make Wellington a great place to live. We want to hear from them.

“This speed-networking event is a great way for Councillors to meet with students and share in their ideas of how to make Wellington a better place.”

At each station there will be a recipient of an Absolutely Positively Student Award, their buddy and council representatives.  The student will give a two minute overview of themselves and the work they did to earn the award, and then will answer questions about themselves and their presentation for another two minutes. 

At the half way point in the event Councillors will then give a two minute presentation to a small group of students who will then have two minutes for questions. 

These awards were launched last year by the Mayor.  One award was given out at each of Wellington’s secondary schools to a student in year 10 – 12 that made an outstanding contribution to their community.