The Tasman Youth Councils carry out projects and initiatives to meet the needs of young people in our community. It provides an avenue for young people to have a voice in Council processes and decision-making.
There are four Councils - Waimea, Motueka, Golden Bay and Murchison.
Members of the Tasman Youth Councils receive youth leadership and development opportunities to help them fulfil their role.
Youth councillors can attend some Tasman District Council committee meetings and have speaking rights.
To find out more about the Youth Councils and other youth related events and programmes visit the Tasman Youth Hub website.
We publish Tasmand District Council youth events on the Tasman Youth Hub website.
Our libraries run regular events and programmes for children of all ages.
We organise and support a range of other family-friendly events throughout the year.
We provide funding of up to $500 per person for young people to participate in development or leadership oportunities. It's easy to apply, and the funding is available all year round.
We run the Enviroschools programme in Tasman District, supporting early childhood centres and schools commit to sustainability - we believe environmental education for our younger generation holds the key to a more sustainable future for our region.
The national Enviroschools programme aims to foster a generation of people who instinctively think and act sustainably.
Caring for a worm farm is a popular activity for Enviroschools, and can be a first step towards a rich environmental learning experience.
Initially students may learn how a worm farm works and enjoy being kaitiaki/guardians of the worms.
Children begin to see how the worms turn their food waste into a resource, which could be given away or sold, or used for a garden as nature intended.
They may choose to develop a garden. A garden is a rich learning resource on its own for a range of science and problem solving activities. Depending on the purpose or goal that students wish to achieve, the worm farm and/or garden can become a local resource for a wide variety of other purposes.
There are three levels, or milestones Enviroschools work towards - bronze, silver and green-gold. At bronze level, the Enviroschool may just use the produce from their garden within their school or early childhood centre.
At silver level, they may also feed their chickens, or use the produce for fundraising or to exchange with the community. At green-gold level, the worm farm may support a garden that is also contributing to meals for neighbours or community members.
Students begin to understand the connections between the environment and their community, and can plan sustainable action that generates wide community benefit.