Youth development opportunities growing

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Youth development opportunities growing

Nikki Kaye | Youth

The number of youth development opportunities in New Zealand is growing by around 10,000 annually as a result of a new approach, which includes the Government co-investing in new opportunities with philanthropic, business, iwi and other partners, says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

“In July last year, the Government committed $1 million to seed a Partnership Fund, with the aim of attracting investments from other partners to help grow youth development opportunities,” says Ms Kaye.

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$100k for South Island youth development opportunities

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$100k for South Island youth development opportunities

Nikki Kaye | Youth

A new partnership between the Government and Ngai Tahu will benefit young people living in rural and isolated areas of the South Island, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“As part of this partnership, around 250 young people will be supported to take part in mentoring and leadership programmes run by Ngai Tahu,” says Ms Kaye.
“An important aspect of the partnership is that it will reach out to those living in remote areas, where this type of opportunity isn’t normally available.”

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$50k to support LGBTI young people

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$50k to support LGBTI young people

Nikki Kaye | Youth

InsideOUT Koaro and RainbowYOUTH will receive funding totalling $50,000 to expand the great work they’re doing to support LGBTI young people, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.
“InsideOUT Koaro will receive $30,000 over three years to help it deliver leadership workshops, while RainbowYOUTH will receive $20,000 this year to strengthen the support services it provides,” says Ms Kaye.
“The InsideOUT Koaro funding will help grow 120 young leaders, who can in turn support and mentor other LGBTI young people.

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$590k for 1,700 youth development opportunities in Greater Wellington

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Around 1,700 young people in the Greater Wellington region will benefit from collaborative investments in new youth development opportunities totalling over $590,000, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“These opportunities will offer a range of experiences in the creative sector and sports, and will involve three separate initiatives, says Ms Kaye.

The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

“The ‘Journeys’ programme, delivered by the Boys & Girls Institute at the Walter Nash Centre in Taita, will be supported to provide opportunities for 500 young people to develop their skills and self-worth through creative disciplines including art and music,” says Ms Kaye.

“Ignite Sport, who are based in Lower Hutt and use sport and recreation to engage and motivate young people, will be supported to provide opportunities for more than 780 young people to develop their sporting ability, and recognise the pathways necessary to succeed in life.

“Ignite Sport run a range of programmes, including leadership and ambassador programmes. They also support young refugees to make connections to their new home through sport.

“The Roxy5 Short Film Competition, delivered by the Miramar Events Trust and Capital E, will be supported to offer around 400 opportunities for young people in Years 7 to 13 to develop their creativity, capability and confidence through film-making.

“This is a chance for participants to be mentored by industry professionals and access the world-class screen technology that exists in the capital.

“These opportunities recognise there are many ways young people can discover their strengths, build confidence and grow as individuals.

“It’s fantastic that so many organisations see the benefits of investing in our young people and are collaborating with the Government to provide exciting youth development opportunities in the Wellington area.”

Notes re partner contributions

The Government will invest $192,000 in these youth development initiatives, along with over $400,000 of partner funding and in-kind support as follows:

Journeys programme

  • Government funding $50,000
  • Boys & Girls Institute $50,000
  • Gamelab $4,000 plus in-kind support
  • Hutt City Council $5,000 in-kind support
  • Private philanthropist $10,000 plus in-kind support

Ignite Sport

  • Government funding $87,000
  • $220,000 funding and in-kind support from schools, the NZ Lotteries Board, individual donations and Trusts, including the Taylor Memorial Trust, Nikau Foundation, the Thomas George Macarthy Trust and Vavasour Charitable Trust

Roxy5 Short Film Competition

  • Government funding $55,000
  • $23,000 funding and $94,000 of in-kind support from partners including Roxy Cinema, Weta Workshop, Weta Digital, Park Road Post Production, Victoria University, The New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Toi Whakaari, Health Promotion Agency, Wellington Airport, Rubber Monkey, The New Zealand Film Commission

$435k for more youth mentoring opportunities

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More than 650 young people throughout the North Island will benefit from collaborative investments in new mentoring opportunities totalling around $435,000, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“Three separate initiatives will provide these new mentoring opportunities, delivered by youth and community focused organisations Zeal, the Moko Foundation and the Graeme Dingle Foundation,” says Ms Kaye.

The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

“Zeal, an organisation dedicated to building positive youth culture and minimising harm caused by alcohol, drugs and bullying, will provide mentoring in event management for 200 young people in Auckland, Hamilton, New Plymouth, Hawke’s Bay, Kapiti and Wellington,” says Ms Kaye.

“The participants will then be supported to develop and run their own youth-led school and community events, to reach many more young people.

“The Moko Foundation, which supports and empowers communities in Northland, with a focus on vulnerable young people, will provide mentoring opportunities for 40 local young people.

“Participants will be supported to transcend social and economic barriers, and develop new skills and confidence to help put them on a path to a successful future.

“The Graeme Dingle Foundation, which is committed to transforming young lives, will provide mentoring for at least 420 young people in Auckland through its ‘Stars’ programme.

“This 12-month programme involves Year 12 and 13 students supporting Year 9 students throughout their first year at high school.

“Spending time with a trusted adviser and confidant, who can share experiences and pass on knowledge, can be hugely beneficial for young people, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.

“These mentoring opportunities will provide invaluable opportunities for participants to learn new skills, grow in confidence and pursue positive futures.”

Notes re partner contributions

The Government will invest $205,000 in these new mentoring initiatives, along with around $230,000 of partner funding and in-kind support as follows:


  • Government funding $70,000
  • Auckland Council $7,500
  • New Plymouth District Council $12,000
  • Hastings District Council $6,000
  • Community Action and Drugs $12,000
  • CubaDupa $5,000
  • Health Promotion Agency $4,000
  • In-kind volunteer support $35,000.

Moko Foundation

  • Government funding $75,000
  • Foundation North $100,000

Graeme Dingle Foundation

  • Government funding $60,000
  • Private philanthropist $50,000

$270k to inspire young women into tech sector careers

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An investment of over $270,000 in the technology mentoring programme Shadow Tech Days will help it inspire more young women into technology related careers, Youth Minister Nikki Kaye announced today.

“This programme, run by NZ Tech, connects participants with women working in the tech sector, as well as women studying technology at a tertiary level,” says Ms Kaye.

“By spending a day in the workforce, participants get to experience first-hand what it’s like to work in a technology role.

“Ongoing mentoring and advice is also provided through contact with a tertiary student, to help participants progress their studies towards a tech career.

“The investment announced today is being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

“The Government will invest $75,000 in Shadow Tech Days, complemented by around $25,000 from NZ Tech towards programme management, and over $170,000 of staff time from participating technology firms.”

To date, Shadow Tech Days has been run in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The Partnership Fund investment will enable it to reach more young women in these areas, and also expand its reach to Hamilton, Tauranga, Palmerston North and Dunedin.

“Time spent with a mentor and seeing how things operate in the actual workforce can be hugely beneficial to inspiring young people’s potential career path,” says Ms Kaye.

“The experiences this programme delivers are about building the confidence of young women, and equipping them with the knowledge and support to make positive decisions about their future.”

Shadow Tech Days is scheduled to take place during Techweek (6-14 May 2017).

$190k to encourage 900 young volunteers

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Youth Minister Nikki Kaye today announced investments totalling around $190,000 to encourage more than 900 young people into volunteering opportunities which benefit them and their communities.

“This funding will support two volunteering programmes, the New Zealand Red Cross ‘Here For Good’ programme and the Nelson/Tasman Youth Leaders programme, delivered by Volunteer Nelson,” says Ms Kaye.

The investments are being made under the Partnership Fund which sees the Government co-invest with business, philanthropic, iwi and other partners to grow youth development opportunities.

“Here For Good will see up to 500 young people supported to design and lead humanitarian volunteer projects in their communities,” says Ms Kaye.

“The Government is investing $50,000 in this programme, and New Zealand Red Cross is investing $100,000.

“The Nelson/Tasman Youth Leaders programme will see 20 young people participate in leadership training. They will then be supported to deliver projects that engage 400 other young people in volunteering opportunities.

“The Government will invest $22,000 in this programme, with around $18,000 contributed by partners including Nelson City Council ($7000), the Tindall Foundation and its funding partner Nelson Bays Community Foundation ($2500), Tasman District Council ($1000), the Department of Internal Affairs ($7000) and in kind support from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology.

“As well as helping young people give back to their communities, these opportunities will also enable participants to hone important skills such as leadership, planning and collaboration.

“This is about developing our future leaders and supporting them to inspire their peers to get involved in community-focused volunteer work.”

Prime Minister’s Youth Programme acknowledges inspirational young people

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Nikki Kaye | Youth

Around 100 young people who have overcome considerable challenges have been selected to participate in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) which is taking place this week.

“The programme, now in its eighth year, is a great opportunity for Auckland-based young people aged 14-17 to be recognised for their personal achievements and community contributions,” says Youth Minister Nikki Kaye.

“These young people have overcome adversity and made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes such as moving away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance. They have been nominated to attend the programme by people who have worked closely with them and know them well.

“Many of us know the power of one person who we believe in making a difference to our lives. For these young people it could have been their school teacher, principal, youth or social worker, a family member, Police Youth Aid officer, or other community members.

“This week is about rewarding young people and investing in their continued personal development.  Some of the activities this year include the AUT culinary school experience, a workshop at The Warehouse, white water rafting, and a sailing experience. I’d like to acknowledge the numerous sponsors who’ve got on board with supporting the PMYP and the young people taking part.

“The programme will involve a Celebration Dinner on Thursday where the young people will be celebrated for their achievements and receive their certificates. This year we are very pleased to have Paralympic double record-holder and double Gold medal winner, Liam Malone, as the guest speaker. He will talk about his life, the honour of carrying the New Zealand flag at the Paralympic closing ceremony, and his road to Rio 2016,” says Ms Kaye.

The week will end with all participants coming together for a day filled with fun challenges where they can use their leadership, teamwork, problem-solving and presentation skills in various performance, recreation and adventure-based learning activities.

Bluelight, Village and YouthTown are the key youth-focused organisations supporting the young people through this programme. These organisations also provide mentoring support to participants for three months post the week’s activities.

“This programme has been hugely successful over the years with around 700 young people having taken part. As the Minister for Youth it has been a personal highlight meeting some of these young people and hearing their incredible stories and dreams for the future,” says Ms Kaye.

More information about the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is available

Nikki Kaye confirmed for National in Auckland Central

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New Zealand National Party

Media Release

23 December 2016

Hon Nikki Kaye MP has been confirmed as National’s candidate for the Auckland Central electorate for the 2017 General Election.

Ms Kaye first entered Parliament at the 2008 election, winning Auckland Central for the National Party for the first time in New Zealand’s history. She subsequently won the seat again in 2011 and 2014.

Along with her role as local MP, she currently serves as Minister of Youth and Associate Minister of Education in Bill English’s National-led Government.

“I am delighted to be confirmed as the National Party candidate for Auckland central for 2017. I love this electorate, its communities and businesses, and am as committed as ever to representing it and getting results,” Ms Kaye says.

“Having been diagnosed with breast cancer, the last few months have been tough and I am so grateful for the support of my family, friends and the National Party.

“I have also been completely overwhelmed with the support I have received from Auckland Central constituents during this time. I decided to stand again as I believe there is still so much more that I can do to improve the lives of the people of Auckland Central.”

Auckland Central electorate is one of the youngest and most diverse electorates in NZ.  It is also one of the most diverse to serve from a geographical perspective, including the rural areas on Great Barrier, to high density living with thousands of apartments in central Auckland, to the villas and shops of Ponsonby and Herne Bay.

“Since I was elected in 2008 I have campaigned each term on progressing a range of local and national projects for Auckland Central. I am very proud of the progress we have made,” Ms Kaye says.

“Over the last two years some of the initiatives progressed for Auckland Central include:

  • The Government announcing a significant funding commitment to the City Rail Link and the beginning of construction. This is a project I have supported and advocated for since 2009.
  • Progress on reform of the Unit Titles Act; affecting many people in the electorate living in apartments. I advocated strongly with a group of property professionals for changes to the law.
  • $40 million property investment for Waiheke Schools (Waiheke High School and Te Huruhi School).
  • The opening of the Aotea Conservation Park and re-opening of the Aotea Track on Great Barrier Island.
  • Redevelopments at Bayfield School ($12 million) and Freemans Bay School ($19 million) as well as the $79 million redevelopment at Western Springs College (while not in the electorate it is an important secondary school for Auckland Central residents).
  • $88 million package of cycleways benefiting Auckland and Auckland Central.
  • Rollout of ultra-fast broadband on Waiheke Island recently completed. This is hugely important for social and economic progress for residents and businesses on the island.
  • Improved cell reception for Great Barrier Island with a new cell site going live this year in the north of the island.

“This year my office and I have dealt with more than 10,000 constituency queries or issues by people and organisations. These issues are diverse as they can cover people living in apartments to people living in more isolated parts of Great Barrier Island.

“Through these queries, my constituency clinics and the thousands of doors I have knocked on, constituents have raised issues with me that have led to me advocating and delivering policies or projects. One of the beautiful things about our country is the ability for so many people to access Members of Parliament to personally advocate on issues.

“I am proud of the projects progressed in Auckland Central, such as significant investment in transport and education infrastructure, there is still so much more to do. Areas like central Auckland and Waiheke island are home to huge numbers of residents but are also popular tourist destinations. We need to continue to invest in world class infrastructure and services.

“Over the coming year I will be continuing to work on a range of projects including improving ferry infrastructure and services for Waiheke Island and access to better services for central Auckland residents.

“It is a privilege to be the MP for Auckland Central. I look forward to continuing to work hard and deliver for the people of Auckland Central, and for all New Zealanders in Bill English’s strong, stable National-led Government.”

Further details of some of Nikki and National’s local and ministerial achievements can be found at

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