SHAPING AOTEAROA 2017

What?

Shaping Aotearoa was the inagural event of Active Citizenship Aotearoa. It was held at Pataka in Porirua on Monday 3 July. The event brought together over 80 high school students from the Manuwatu and Wellington regions. The one-day summit was opened by Mayor of Porirua City Mike Tana and speakers included Sir Geoffrey Palmer (former Prime Minister of New Zealand), Max Harris ('The New Zealand Project'), Laura O'Connell Rapira (RockEnrol), Jack Boyle (PPTA President) , Robbie Nicol (White Man Behind A Desk), Dr Bronwyn Wood, Chris Carr (Stand Up), Lyndy McIntyre and Ibrahim Omer (Living Wage Aotearoa) and Māmari Stephens. It provided relevance and context to New Zealand’s political and democratic processes. It sparked discussion about New Zealand's current political system and encourage the students to think about campaigning, activism, political lobbying and where civics education can fit within the curriculum. 

We are very grateful for the financial support that the Ministry of Youth Development provided.

Here is a selection of photos from the event. 

Mayor of Porirua City, Mike Tana, opening the event and talking about ways that young people can engage with local government. 

Mayor of Porirua City, Mike Tana, opening the event and talking about ways that young people can engage with local government. 

Professor Chris Gallavin, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, talking about the political landscape in 2017. 

Professor Chris Gallavin, Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University, talking about the political landscape in 2017. 

Students talking with former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir Geoffrey Palmer. 

Students talking with former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Sir Geoffrey Palmer. 

MP for the Mana electorate, Kris Faafoi (standing) joins MP's (from left) Chris Bishop, Gareth Hughes and Tracey Martin in a discussion about civic education, the state of our democracy, how we can improve our system to enhance engagement with society, and representation in the House of Representatives.

MP for the Mana electorate, Kris Faafoi (standing) joins MP's (from left) Chris Bishop, Gareth Hughes and Tracey Martin in a discussion about civic education, the state of our democracy, how we can improve our system to enhance engagement with society, and representation in the House of Representatives.