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Published: 2004-11-22 00:00:00

Environment Waikato has chosen three representatives from the Waikato to attend the second National Youth Environment Forum.
They are Holly Dove of Waihi College (who also attended last year), Matthew Smart of St Peter’s School, Cambridge and Eilidh Bocker of Taupo -Nui-a-Tia College.

Environment Waikato is one of 16 regional councils and territorial authorities to send delegates to Wellington for the second Youth Environment Forum which is being co-hosted by the Sir Peter Blake Trust and the Ministry for the Environment.

Minister for the Environment Marian Hobbs said renaming the event as the Sir Peter Blake Youth Environment Forum was a “tribute to the master mariner’s commitment to environmental leadership and to building generations of future leaders.”

“The forum will bring together young people from all over New Zealand to get them inspired and motivated to take action on environmental issues and get involved in decision-making,” she said.

This year’s forum will run from December 6-10 in Wellington, with three days of workshops, field visits and seminars. Delegates will present their findings directly to Environment Minister Marian Hobbs, Sir Peter Blake Trust representatives and invited guests at the conclusion of the event.

Holly Dove has been involved in environmental issues since she was eight years of age when she started an environmental group called Fighters for the Earth with about 10 other students the same age. Holly has also worked with a DoC officer at Opoutere looking after New Zealand dotterels, helped organize the Waikato’s Regional Youth Forum and was an ambassador for New Zealand at the 2004 Cathay Pacific International Wilderness Experience in South Africa.

Matthew Smart has been involved in his school’s Envirogroup for two years. Eilidh Bocker has been a part of her schools Envirogroup for about two and a half years and is now its convenor. She is also the Chair of Taupo’s youth consultation group, Get Talking.

The students say they want to meet like-minded young people to share experiences and ideas, learn about environmental issues from experts and how to solve them. They believe it is important for young people to share ideas on environmental issues  for a broader understanding of what young people can do to do solve them.

They want to gain motivation and inspiration to be leaders and to implement activities and campaigns in their home regions.

Environment Waikato Schools Programme Co-ordinator Dean King will chaperone the students.

The three delegates will work with Environment Waikato to plan and run an Environment Waikato Regional Youth Forum in April 2005.