Hon Anne Tolley
Acting Minister for Youth
21 October 2016
Youth in Civil Defence Fund initiatives announced
Seven initiatives will each receive $5000 of funding under the inaugural Youth in Civil Defence Fund, Acting Youth
Minister Anne Tolley announced today.
“This fund is about increasing the involvement of young people in civil defence and emergency preparedness,” says Mrs
Organisations including local Councils, Civil Defence Emergency Management Groups, a youth theatre trust and a regional
helicopter trust will receive funding, for initiatives ranging from a two-day workshop which includes a trip to White
Island’s active volcano, to the creation of a civil defence video resource.
“It’s important for our future resilience as a nation that young people are engaged in preparing for emergencies, and
are part of the effective response to them,” says Mrs Tolley.
“The youth-led initiatives funded all seek to reach out to other young people and inspire them to get involved.
“As well as learning more about civil defence and emergency preparedness, participants in the initiatives will also
develop valuable skills such as leadership and mentoring.”
Recipients and initiatives funded
Auckland Regional Helicopter Trust, for Rescue Run 2016. This is a team-based event that sees young people taking part
in a series of simulated emergency response situations.
Northland Youth Theatre Trust, for Civil Defence Emergency Preparedness Video Project. This project will involve young
people working alongside performing arts mentors to create two short films with a focus on emergency preparedness.
Horowhenua District Council, for Leadership Camp at Makahika Outdoor Pursuits Centre. By using real-life emergency
scenarios, this camp will help develop the leadership skills and knowledge of young people.
Bay of Plenty CDEM, for Exercise Whakaari 2016. The two-day mentoring workshop will see young people discussing how
emergency management works in NZ and the possibilities of future opportunities. This workshop will also give young
people a chance to visit White Island.
Auckland CDEM, for 3-day Emergency Services Camp. This camp will see young people from a disadvantaged background
engaging with various emergency services (St John, NZ Fire, Coastguard) in a distinctly rural setting.
Hurunui District Council, for Get Ready, Get Through Civil Defence Hui. The Hui will introduce young people to civil
defence and emergency preparedness, and also enable them to be mentored by previous Youth in Emergency Services
Chatham Islands Council, for Civil Defence Cadet Program. This program will enable young people to see the working
environment of an Emergency Operations Centre, while also engaging in mock emergency situations.