About 40 students from 17 Northland schools will gather for a special Youth Summit at Whangarei’s Onerahi foreshore this month to discuss coastal environmental issues – and what they can do to make a difference.
The day-long workshop, organised by the Northland Regional Council, is held annually and brings together Year Seven and Eight students nominated by schools from throughout Northland.
The summit is built around a coastal marine theme and investigates ways in which young people can take an active role in the sustainable management of Northland's coast.
The students will also develop action plans to help them deal with a range of coastal environmental issues such as poor water quality, erosion, eel breeding grounds and traditional mussel harvesting.
The students' efforts will contribute to the health of Bay of Islands, Hokianga, Houhora, Kaipara and Whangarei Harbours along with Waipu Estuary and Mitimiti and Rarawa beaches.
The free summit – the 18th hosted by the council – will be held at Onerahi Yacht Club on October 17 between 8.30am and 3.30pm.