Youth Week 2019 is on from Saturday 18 May to Sunday 26 May 2019. The theme is "We are more than you see" "He wai hōhonu a mātou" (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).
Youth Picks - May 2019
Each month, librarians will bring you a choice selection of stuff for Christchurch youth - books, events, exhibitions, music, movies, tv, podcasts, YouTube channels and more.
Youth Week at the library
Celebrate Youth Week and join us in activities around the theme "We are more than you see!"
Art Competition at Shirley Library throughout Youth Week (18 May to 26 May)
Enter your best artwork that speaks to the theme: “We are more than you see!” and WIN some great prizes. Come down to Shirley Library to use our art supplies and get creative inspiration. Winners’ artwork will be displayed on the library website. Submissions welcome throughout Youth Week — please submit in person at Shirley Library by Sunday 26 May.
Competition open to ages 11 to 24 years.
Rap Starter Pack at Tūranga Tuesday 21 May, 4pm to 6pm
Rhyme. Rhythm. Record. That’s the starter pack for your first rap! Come and learn the basics of rap writing and then put them into practice at the Tūranga studio. No experience required. Suitable for ages 12 to 24. Bookings required (phone 941-7923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org).
Black-out poetry at Tūranga Wednesday 22 May 3.45pm to 5pm
Want to write a poem but struggle to find the right words? Give black-out poetry a go. We’ll be taking pages from old books and, with the help of some Sharpies, creating our own poems from their words.
Linwood College Showcase Thursday 23 May 5pm to 6.45pm
Linwood College showcases their young and enthusiastic musicians, dancers and actors to the community. Come along to Linwood Library at Eastgate Te Kete Wananga O Ihutai for an amazing night, live out loud, in the library.
Bad Art Night at Tūranga Friday 24 May 4pm to 5.30pm
Get creative and do it badly! Join us for an evening of creating truly bad art. The tackier, the better! We’ll finish with an exhibition of your pieces of “art” where you’ll vote to decide who has made the Best Bad Art.
Polyphony Exhibition at Tūranga Friday 25 May 6pm to 8pm
Since 2014, there have been five Polyphony events in Papanui, and one event in the East.
Te Ora Hou Ōtautahi welcome rangatahi of the Papanui region to share their voice through images, story, poetry and music based on the Youth Week theme "We are more than you see" "He wai hōhonu a mātou" (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).
Young people from different places including education, special needs, Church and community coming together to share their voice in the form of a picture and kōrero.
Please come along to hear and see their voices, and celebrate their bravery to stand up and speak out in public.
Free, no bookings required.
Comic characters / graphic art workshop at Shirley Library Saturday 25 May 1pm to 3.30pm
Just Dance-off at Tūranga Saturday 25 May 2pm to 3.30pm
We’re celebrating Youth Week and Music Month with a dance party. Follow along to the dance moves on the video wall and let Just Dance 2019 decide who really has the best moves!
Find out what else is happening during Youth Week
Youth organisations and resources
Here are some websites and organisations that focus on youth issues:
- Bounce is a bunch of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you live life well. Bounce is a New Zealand Red Cross project that partners with young people for young people.
- Ministry of Youth Development
- The Ministry of Youth Development (Te Manatu Whakahiato Taiohi) promotes the interests of young people aged between 12 and 24 years inclusive. The Ministry encourages and assists young people to be involved in the social, educational, economic and cultural development of New Zealand, both locally and nationally.
- YouthLaw Aotearoa
- Free national legal service for those under 25 years.
- Youth Parliament
- The Youth Parliament takes place every three years and 2016 was the most recent. It was an opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn about New Zealand’s democracy and influence public decision-making.
- Youth health services in Christchurch
- Our page on health services for young people in Christchurch.