My education, my voice

If you're aged between 14 and 18 on 1 January 2019, find out how you can have your say about education in New Zealand.


Transcript of Youth Advisory Group video

Watene Campbell:
Tihei mauri ora.
Kia ora. My name is Watene Moana Campbell and I am one of 12 lucky members who have been selected to be a part of Chris Hipkins’ Youth Advisory Group and it’s been a massive journey along the way.

Abby McRoberts:
As students we’re the experts on what it’s like to be in New Zealand’s education system and it’s been a really genuine opportunity to have our say and voice our opinions.

Liam McLeavey:
The Youth Advisory Group is a great opportunity to have a voice at the highest levels possible and really say how you feel.

Hadassah Wharawhara:
What you say matters.

Okirano Tilaia:
My opinion matters.

Watene Campbell:
For all you keen beans out there who are willing to share your thoughts and opinions about our education system.
Nau mai piki mai whakakake mai.

Costa Blackman:
We need two more members to join Minister Hipkins and the rest of us Justice League members to fight crime and solve education for world peace.

Abby McRoberts:
Have your say. Apply now to be part of the Youth Advisory Group for 2019.

Kate Morris:
Registrations close on the 18th of November so kia tere.

Costa Blackman:
You have the chance to hang out with me.

Brodie Cross:
I encourage you to give it a go.

Hadassah Wharawhara:
My education. My voice.

Shaneel Lal:
My education. My voice.

Costa Blackman:
Have your say.

Watene Campbell:
Share your voice. Share your opinions. My education, my voice.
Kia ora. 

Youth Advisory Group

Applications are now open and will close on Sunday 18 November.

To be considered for the Youth Advisory Group you'll need to:

  • be aged between 14 and 18 years on the 1 January 2019 
  • live in New Zealand 
  • be respectful of other people's opinions
  • get parental, caregiver or legal guardian consent if you are not an independent youth.

You can sign up online, or download and complete the PDF version of the registration form, and email to

Online registration form (external link)
Registration of interest for the Youth Advisory Group [PDF, 156 KB]

Reasons why you should get involved

  • Registration is easy. It takes five minutes to sign up for the Youth Advisory Group.
  • You will meet other young people who also want to make a difference.
  • Your perspectives will be shared with the education agencies – so your ideas could make a difference.
  • It won’t cost you anything.
  • We will cover the cost of flights to Wellington and accommodation expenses during your stay.
  • There will be plenty of yummy food.
  • You don’t have to be a student to sign up for the Youth Advisory Group.

What will be expected of me?

  • There are four meetings a year with the first one in February 2019. Each meeting will be held over two days.
  • You will be able to share your ideas and be willing to listen to others.
  • Once completed, you will be presented with an official letter from the Minister of Education outlining your contribution - which will look good on your CV.

This year, two young people will be selected to complete the Youth Advisory Group and join the 10 current members who were part of the 2018 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group.

Meet the 2018 Youth Advisory Group members

  • Shaneel Lal, Otahuhu College, South Auckland
  • Bevan Penn, Victoria University, Wellington
  • Abby McRoberts, Aotea College, Porirua
  • Liam McLeavey, Waiopehu College, Levin
  • Okirano Tilaia, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
  • Geniqua Samupo, Avondale College, West Auckland
  • Brodie Cross, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu | Correspondence School, Christchurch
  • Nathan Farr, Kings’ High School, Dunedin
  • Hadassah Wharawhara, Te Kāpehu Whetū, Kerikeri
  • Costa Blackman, Tolaga Bay Area School, Tolaga Bay
  • Kate Morris, Darfield High School, Darfield
  • Watene Campbell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna, Wellington.

Find out more about each of the 2018 Youth Advisory Group members as they introduce themselves, in their own words.

Further information


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