Youth leader finds her groove



Emily Belton is looking forward to getting know the youth of Waimakariri.

The new Waimakariri District Council youth development facilitator has spent her first week getting to know youth organisations around the district and is keen to support the goals of young leaders.

“I think it will be a really great opportunity to be able to support the youth of the district. I’ve been meeting a few more people throughout the week and the staff here are fantastic.

“I hope that out of whatever I can do, it will be of benefit to the community and especially the youth of this community.”

Originally from Greymouth, Emily studied sport and recreation management at Lincoln University before working for Bowls Canterbury as a youth development co-ordinator.

That role brought her out to North Canterbury, so she already has some connections with local bowling clubs and community trusts.

“It was time for a change and the opportunity for professional development and being able to work for a council was too good to pass up,” Emily says.

She had a first meeting with events group WaiYouth last week and looks forward to the group’s next big event, All Night Party, which has been postponed until October to allow Emily to get her feet under the table.

“That was fantastic meeting them. They were very engaging and welcoming and I like the energy that comes from them.”

Emily will be attending her first Waimakariri Youth Council meeting at the end of the month and is keen to hear what they are up to.

“It will be interesting to see where the youth council is at, how I fit into that and how they function in the community, because I think it’s really cool that there is a youth council.

“My role is about facilitating, so it’s about figuring out what they want to achieve and helping them to do it.”

She is looking forward to helping the youth council to bring the Dudley Park project fruition, after the final concept was approved by the Rangiora-Ashley Community Board earlier this year.

plus booking fee for the WaiYouth All Night Party which will be held from 8pm to 8am from October 1 to 2, visiting multiple locations in Christchurch. But get in quick. For more information find WaiYouth on Facebook and Instagram.