The Christchurch Youth Action Plan initiative will empower young people to work with decision makers to make positive changes to their lives within themselves, their whānau, community and city.
Christchurch is made up of over 70,000 young people between the ages of 10 - 24. Christchurch has the second largest population of all New Zealand territorial authorities after Auckland City. At June 2016, 375, 000 people lived in Christchurch. The city’s population is expected to reach 430, 200 people by the year 2041. Between 2006 and 2041 the population is projected to increase by 19 percent.
The city is divided into 16 wards and seven community boards. Each ward elects one councillor and two community board members apart from Banks Peninsula (one councillor and seven community board members). There are 54 elected representatives including the mayor.
In 2010 and 2011 a series of earthquakes caused widespread damage to the city. 185 lives were lost because of the earthquakes on 22 February 2011. This led to a transitional city with opportunity for unique development involving youth.
In November 2016 the process to create a youth action plan started and support was sought from various youth sector groups to lead this process. It quickly became clear the reach of this initiative could be and needed to be broader and take into account the agencies who play a role in, with and around young people’s lives. This initiative has allowed young people to openly express their ideas for a better city and quality of life. The intention is to seek, create and support tangible actions from the considerations outlined in the foundation document.
Purpose for the initiative: