Who could apply?

Applications were open to youth between the ages of 18 and 25, but each application had to be supported by a councillor. Unfortunately, the requisite health and safety controls for those under 18 were beyond our resources; however, we are looking at other options to engage younger youth councillors.

How were the participants chosen?

LocalNZ aimed to bring together a diverse range of participants  preferably involved with local government. Thus selections were based not only on the unique qualities of each applicant but how together they best fit the purposes of the workshop. This ensured that the workshop included youth from throughout the country with a wide range of interests, skills and experience.

What did it cost?

All costs were covered for the participants from 1619 November, including registration, travel, accommodation and food. However, in exchange, participants were asked to ‘pay it forward’ by providing 10 hours of voluntary service to your community in 2015. It is the responsibility of the participant to organise this with the councillor who has agreed to sponsor them.

What was the role of a sponsor?

Only a councillor or local board member could sponsor an applicant.This was to foster the connection between the council and youth. The sponsor was contacted by an applicant wanting to add the sponsor’s details to the application. The sponsor was not required to provide any financial support (all costs were covered by the supporters). However, we do hope sponsors will oversee the 10 hours successful applicants are obliged to ‘pay forward’ for the benefit of their communities. The sponsor, for example, might request that the participant write about their workshop experience or present their observations to councillors and the wider community. Alternatively, they might request that the participant set up a youth council or undertake a youth initiative. How the 10 hours ‘paying it forward’ are spent is completely dependent on what the sponsor and participant decide is appropriate.

Where was the workshop held?

The workshop took place over four days in both Wanganui and Wellington. Please see our programme for details.

What was the purpose of the workshop?

LocalNZ connected youth from throughout the country, providing a collaborative space for identifying ways to improve the environment and economies of New Zealand’s regions and cities. We believe it is important for youth to engage with deeper discussions about these issues and to have the opportunity to work together to create a document that articulates their thoughts and observations. The workshop aimed to create an informed, focused and networked group of talented young New Zealanders, better able to engage with local government and the communities in which they live. This will provide councils with a link to a wider network of young New Zealanders who are willing and able to engage with specific issues in their communities.

Where did the idea for this workshop come from?

This initiative forms part of the TalentNZ project which was inspired by the late Sir Paul Callaghan. He gave his keynote address at the the Institute’s first workshop in 2011: StrategyNZ. In his 20-minute presentation Sir Paul expressed his belief that a focus on talent was crucial for New Zealand’s future. The TalentNZ project is the Institute’s response to Sir Paul’s idea of creating a talent-based economy for New Zealand.

What will the outputs be?

There are eight key outputs from the workshop see the outputs page.


Who facilitated this workshop?

LocalNZ was a collaboration between the Wellington City Council, the New Zealand Treasury, MacDiarmid Institute and Victoria University of Wellington, in association with the Royal Society of New Zealand and Wanganui District Council (the organisers of the A Place to Live conference), and the McGuinness Institute.

Other questions?

If you have any further questions, please contact us at localnz@mcguinnessinstitute.org.