The Te Hiku Youth Innovation Challenge is asking young people to pitch ideas that will create more positive and safe things to do for young people living in Te Hiku. What do we mean by young people? If you’re between 12-24 we’re talking about you!

10-15 prizes of $1000 - $2000 will be awarded to people or teams with the best ideas. If you're successful, you’ll use the prize money to make your idea happen – like buying materials or equipment. You’ll need to show us how you’re using the money for good, through photos and videos on social media, email, or through telling us.  

To get you started, we're putting on a series of fun workshops. The workshops will tell you more about the kaupapa of this challenge, as well as supporting you to come up with and grow ideas. Come along alone, or with a team - you don't need to have an idea already. The dates and locations for workshops are: 

  • East Coast Youth

    Where: Doubtless Bay Christian Church
    When: Saturday 13th August
    Time: 2.00 to 3.30 pm

  • Kohukohu Youth Group

    Where: Kohukohu
    When: Thursday 11th August
    Time: 5.00 to 7.00 pm

If you'd like find out more about the workshops contact April Hetaraka on or 021 245 5575 (texts are fine). April works with young people, isn't scary and can answer any questions you may have. 

Who can come along? 
If you’re 12-24 and living in Te Hiku - we want you and your ideas ! You can come along on your own, with friends or family, or in a team. 

What if I don't have an idea? 
Don't worry ! The workshops will help you to find one, or several that you're excited about. Looking for inspiration? 

Images sourced from the Gap Filler Dance-o-mat Facebook page:

This challenge is supported by Far North REAP and innovate change. For more information, please contact April Hetaraka at or 021 245 5575