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Napier Youth Council

Youth Council address Napier City Councillors at a meeting. The Youth Council (YCON) is made up of 10-14 young people aged between 12 and 24. Places become available at the end of each calendar year, when we receive nominations from high schools, education providers, workplaces and community organisation.

Each year the YCON set their work plan which involves projects, events and liaising with Council. As well as leading programmes themselves, they also get involved in a range of other community activities.

YCON gives Napier youth opportunities to develop skills, take on leadership roles and to promote young people in a positive way.

Check out YCON’s Facebook page for their latest news.


Anna Barker

Position: YCON member

Hey there, my name is Anna Barker and I am a year 12 student at Napier Girls' High School. I can speak French and I am very passionate about music, dance, theatre and the performing arts. I am on Youth Council because I want to get the youth of Napier involved with their city and show that Napier is a funky place to be, as well as learn great skills in leadership and event management with a great team of students.

Claudia Layton

Position: YCON member

Hi I'm year 13 at Napier Girls' High School. I love sports, especially running, orienteering, swimming, triathlon and rugby. I'm passionate about our country's future, and with that, Napier's.

Cates Sab

Position: YCON member

My name is Thanatira Sabmeethavorn but I am often known as Cates. I go to Sacred Heart College and I am 17 years old. I am profoundly deaf and I speak four languages. In my spare time I mostly draw, write, exercise and spend time with friends. I joined Youth Council because I want to help and inspire young people who need a voice to advocate and be a voice for their community.

Grace Blummont

Position: YCON member

Hi! I am 18 years old and a past pupil of Sacred Heart College. In my spare time I like to scuba dive, design and sew, and spend time with my niece. I am on the Youth Council for a second year. During this year I want to encourage more young people step out of their comfort zones and reach their potentials while promoting Napier as a fun, vibrant city. I aspire to promote and encourage a change in the perception of youth in a positive and forward thinking way.

Hana Drysdale

Position: YCON member

Hey, I'm a Year 12 at Napier Girls' High School. My interests include astronomy, politics and computer science. In my spare time I like to read, watch TV shows, and I volunteer as a gymnastics coach.

Lealani Siaosi

Position: YCON member

Hi guys, I’m 17 years old and the deputy head girl of Taradale High School. When I’m not working at Mission Restaurant, I’m usually online shopping or binge watching a new TV series. I am a sucker for good food and puns. I’m always up for a good chat so feel free to hit me up with your ideas and thoughts. Lettuce be friends!

Leigh Bedford

Position: YCON member

Hi I'm 17 and go to Taradale High School. My passion is working alongside youth and to empower young people's potential. On the side, I love dance, media, photography, traveling and chilling with my friends. This year will be wicked as I'll be heading to Parliament for July's Youth Parliament 2016 as a Press Gallery Member, which will benefit me in my future career as a journalist.

Olivia Cook

Position: YCON member

Hi I'm 16 and I go to Napier Girls' High School. My interests include debating, theatre and film. In my spare time I like to hang out with my friends and watch TV shows.

Skyla Eades-Bryant

Position: YCON member

Hi I'm 17 and a year 13 student at Sacred Heart College. In my spare time I like to keep fit by running, orienteering and playing tennis. I also like op shopping and interior design. I have a friendly personality and a great sense of humour. When I leave school I want to go to university and study Human Food and Nutrition.

Thomas McDermott

Position: YCON member

Hi! I'm 15 years old and year 11 at Napier Boys' High School. I play canoe polo for Hawke's Bay and football for school. In my spare time I enjoy coaching sports teams and watching TV.

Doug Winterburn

Position: YCON member

Hello world! I'm Doug, a year thirteen at Napier Boys High School. I'm a keen student, who was previously on the Board of Trustees as student representative. I am presently part of our Senior Debating team. Next year I plan to attend uni, but in the meantime am happy to be a part of YCON!

Matt Durant

Position: YCON member

Hey Napier! I’m Matt Durrant, year 13 and Deputy Head Boy of Taradale High School. I’m stoked to be back on YCON for my second year, pumping out some great events and ideas for Napier’s youth. I enjoy my sport and I also enjoy a good yarn, so feel free to hit me up with anything at all.

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