Sixty-three students from throughout Northland gathered recently for the 2012 Northland Regional Council Youth Summit in Whangarei.
The 17th annual summit, held at Whangarei’s Onerahi Yacht Club on Thursday 18 October, saw students discuss coastal environmental issues and what they could do to make a difference.
The day-long workshop brought together Year Seven and Eight students from 17 Northland schools.
The summit explored ways in which young people can play an active role in the future sustainable management of Northland’s coast.
Students from around the region developed action plans to help sort out local sustainable management challenges such as river and beach water quality and coastal rubbish management.
Northland Regional Council Chairman Craig Brown says it’s encouraging to see Northland students taking an active interest in protecting and preserving their local marine environment.
“The work of these students makes a real contribution to the health of Northland’s estuaries, harbours and coastlines. That’s important for all Northlanders.”
The students’ efforts will contribute to the health of Bay of Islands, Kaipara, Whangarei and Hokianga harbours along with Ngunguru Estuary and Bream Bay.