Youth Week: 23-31 May

Youth Week celebrates all things youth related with an action-packed week full of youth events, workshops and activities which take place across the region.

The theme for this year is: We are the Future.

2015 Youth Week Events

A swag of sweet events and fun activities are about to take place. Check out the complete Youth Week Events Guide here, or read on to see whats happening in your neck of the woods.

SmokeFree Rockquest

  • Date:      Saturday 23 May
  • Time:      7-10pm Venue:  Theatre Royal
  • Cost:      $20
  • Contact: 545 6574

Smokefreerockquest is New Zealand's only nationwide, live, original music, youth event.  The regions finest youth bands and performers will once again battle it out over consecutive weekends, vying to be crowned as Nelson-Tasman champion, and progress to the national finals. 

Barnardos Nelson Safe Haven Project – Slogan Competition

If you are from Nelson/Tasman or live in the area, get your slogan ‘To stop bullying behaviour’ in before the end of Youth Week. The top slogan's will win a $25 voucher and turned into wrist bands. Get your catchy slogan or sentence in today! Text, Facebook or email.

Barnardos Nelson Safe Haven Project – Pink Shirt Day Selfie Competition

Get your mates in a selfie for Pink Shirt Day and be into win sweet prizes -   prizes for the most pink, most creative, most numbers in a selfie, as well as spot prizes.  Enter by using this hash tag with your photo on Facebook #nelsonsafe or email.

Pink Shirt Day is about working together to prevent or stop bullying by celebrating people’s differences and promoting positive relationships. Get your photo in or online before the end of Youth Week 2015 to be into win. U R the Future, Take Action!

 Victory’s Got Talent

  • Date:      Saturday 23 May 
  • Time:      6:30pm 
  • Venue:   Victory Community Centre 
  • Contact: Chelsea Jakobsen 03 545 6631 (ext306), ,

Hosted by the YMCA Junior Raise Up Team.  Can you act, sing, dance or perform? Are you between 5 and 24 years old? If so, we would love to hear from you! We will give you/your group up to 4 minutes to perform and wow the Judges and Audience. Prizes up for grabs! To register, please contact the Nelson YMCA. Event attendees limited so get there early to support your friends and whanau.

Nelson Giants vs Wellington Saints

  • Date:     Friday 22 May
  • Time:     7pm 
  • Venue:   Saxton Stadium
  • Cost:      $10 (Child), $12 (NMIT Student)
  • Contact: 03 548 7080

Get along to the new home of the Nelson Giants and support them as they slam dunk their way towards National Basketball League glory.

Tasman Youth Council Waimea Presents: Youth Week 2015

  • Date:        Monday 25 – Friday 29 May
  • Venue:     Waimea College
  • Contact:   Jeremy Newton, 03 538 0072,

Daily lunchtime activities including pink shirt mufti day, a visit from the free doctors, chocolate chip pancake day, and activities alongside the special ed department.

Elma Turner Library Youth Week Programme

‘Have a Go’ Table Tennis:       Challenge your mate to the addictive challenge of Ping Pong:

Library Quiz                            Test you general knowledge and win some great prizes:

Oculus Rift:         Try out a new virtual reality simulator that places you in worlds a million miles away: Thursday 28 May, 4-5pm

Amigurumi – Knit Your Own Critter

  • Date:           Monday 25 May
  • Time:            3.30pm to 4.45pm
  • Venue:         YA area, Richmond Library
  • Contact:       Rachel Lord, 03 543 8394,

Amigurumi 編みぐるみ is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small cute animals and creatures.  Bring your own 3mm knitting needles – we’ll supply the patterns, wool and basic help! Free. Ages 11+

Q-Youth Movie Session Presents: Boy Meets Girl.

  • Date            Tuesday 26 May
  • Time            4.30-6.30m
  • Venue         Q-Youth space - 121 Trafalgar St, 2nd floor
  • Contact:     Clare Fairbrother, 0220750740,

Boy Meets Girl is a funny, tender, sex positive romantic comedy that explores what it means to be a real man or woman, and how important it is to live a courageous life not letting fear stand in the way of going after your dreams.

We will have scrumptious snacks and drinks available.  This session is open to everybody no matter how you identify for young people aged 13-27 years old.

After School Chess Tournament

  • Date:           Tuesday 26 May
  • Time:            3.30 to 4.45pm
  • Venue:         YA area, Richmond Library
  • Contact:       Rachel Lord, 03 543 8394,

 Come and get matched up for a mini-tournament.  Small prizes.  Free. Ages 11+

Q-Youth Chalk Art Session

  • Date           Wednesday 27 May
  • Time            3.30pm-5.30pm
  • Venue:        1903 square at the bottom of the cathedral steps
  • Contact:     Clare Fairbrother, 0220750740,

If you would like to create a design that symbolises to you the theme of youth week or want to make a beautiful and individual art work in a space where the public will get to view and appreciate your work then please come along to this session as we would love to have you there. No previous experience of chalk drawing or art making necessary, just a desire to create.  We will have hot drinks and food available to keep you warm!

Motueka Library Teen Book group presents: Youth Week Scavenger Hunt

  • Date:            Wednesday 27th May
  • Time:             3.30pm to 5pm
  • Venue:          Motueka Public Library
  • Contact:        03 528 1047

How well do you know Motueka?  Come along to the Motueka Library and enter the Youth Week Scavenger Hunt.  You will be sent on a mission around the town.  After school snacks will be provided and there will be small prizes.  Free.  Suitable for High School students.

Stoke Young Adult Club presents: Pancake making and book discussion

The Stoke YAC group meets monthly and has first picks of new books and do a range of activities including painting, card making and book discussions.

Be Amazed by this Mystery Event

  • Date:            Thursday 28 May
  • Time:            3.30pm to 5.30pm
  • Venue:         Richmond Library
  • Contact:       Rachel Lord, 03 543 8394,

You bring the popcorn, we provide the entertainment.  See Library website and facebook page for more details.  Registration required.  Free. Ages 12+

Nelson Youth Council Quiz

  • Date:            Thursday 28 May
  • Time:             Doors open 6.30pm, quiz starts 7pm
  • Venue:          Nelson College for Girls School Hall.
  • Contact:        Rachael Large, 03 545 8746,

Get on board this Youth Week with the Nelson Youth Council’s Quiz night. A fun night where students from all schools in Nelson can compete to win some amazing prizes. Get a team of up to 8 people together and dress up to a theme of your choice, to win prizes for most original theme and best dressed individual. Registration opens 4 May and close on 22 May. Max of 30 teams so get in quick. $20 per team of 3-8 people.

Quick Draw with Laura Wells

  • Date:            Friday 29 May
  • Time:            3.30pm to 5pm
  • Venue:         CB Room, Richmond Library
  • Contact:       Rachel Lord, 03 543 8394,

Join Fine Arts graduate, Laura Wells, for a one hour workshop on how to draw people.  This technique is fast and fun and suitable for every level.

Registration required.  Materials supplied.   Free.  Ages 13 – 18

EQUALISER: The Bullying Prevention Project Music Camp

  • Date             Friday 29 May – Monday 1 June
  • Time             4pm Friday 29 May – 5pm Monday 1 June
  • Venue           Tui Community, Golden Bay
  •  Contact:      Paul Johnson, 03 528 8976, 021 154 0584,

SVS Living Safe in partnership with The Rites of Passage Foundation (Tracks/Tides) is offering a free Music Camp for youth aged 9-13. The focus of the camp will be creating music and performance around the themes of bullying prevention. Spaces are limited and not guaranteed.

Careers Roadshow

  • Tuesday 26 May           Waimea College               9am-3pm
  • Wednesday 27 May      Nelson College                 9am-3pm  & 5.30pm-7pm (open to parents and students)
  • Thursday 28 May          Nayland College               9.30am-2.45pm
  •  Contact:                      Moira Raumati, 03 547 9769 ext 837,

The roaming careers roadshow comes to Nelson Tasman with 37 tertiary providers along with  information for students on career pathways and training opportunities across the country’s ITO’s, Universities and Polytechnics. 

Nelson-Tasman #SayYeahNah Selfie video competition with 11 awesome prizes

  Are you aged 15-25 and live in the Nelson/Tasman region?

Post a 15-second public selfie video on your Instagram or Facebook, that tells us:

How you can help your mates/family/whanau say ‘Yeah, Nah’, or how they can help each other to say ‘Yeah, Nah’ to alcohol or other drugs.  (Saying ‘Yeah, Nah’ means choosing to say No).
Tag with #SayYeahNah and #CAYADnelson2015 and tell us which prize you'd most love to win.

WIN one of these awesome prizes:

  • Tasman Makos Home Games pass
  • Whenua Iti Trapeze & High Ropes Challenge for you & 5 mates
  • “Traffick” intermediate complete Skateboard & Helmet
  • Converse HiTop Shoes from Cheapskates
  • Kitescool Paddle-boarding Lesson for you & 2 mates
  • Results Gym 8-trip pass    
  • Riverside Pool 10-trip Swimming pass
  • 1 of 2 Vertical Limits 10-trip indoor Climbing Wall passes
  • Motueka Rec Centre 2-month Gym Pass for you & 2 mates (+ 3 group training sessions)
  • Defensive Driving course