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Youth Jam

Taiohi-Taiao/Youth Jam is a free annual event for Bay of Plenty secondary students to foster environmental awareness, youth leadership and participation. This event is hosted by Bay of Plenty Regional Council and in past years we’ve had over 60 students attend from around the Bay. We are looking for motivated young people who are willing to step up and take positive action in sustainability issues facing their school, community and region.

Explore Geothermal - Youth Jam 2016 is being held in Rotorua from 7th - 8th April. Find out more.

You can also check out what happened at Youth Jam 2015.

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Rotorua Youth Environment Forum

Are you Eco Friendly?

The Rotorua Youth Environment Forum is run in conjunction with Bay of Plenty Regional Council.

The aims of the Forum are:

  • To increase environmental awareness amongst the youth in the Rotorua community.
  • To create proactive attitudes about environmentally friendly lifestyles within the community.
  • To take active steps in improving the Rotorua environment.

The Forum consists of students from Secondary schools in the Rotorua region. Contact us for further information.  Please see our contact details at the bottom of this page.

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Instep Young Leaders Forum

The Instep Young Leaders’ Forum was initiated by Priority One’s Instep Programme in 2009 to provide a platform for Western Bay of Plenty secondary school student leaders to engage with regional decision makers. Priority One partners with Tauranga City Council, Western Bay of Plenty District Council and Bay of Plenty Regional Council to deliver this programme.

Through the Instep Young Leaders’ Forum students will;

  • have voice on the future development of the Western Bay of Plenty
  • develop their leadership skills
  • build networks with other student leaders and regional decision makers
  • be aware of local opportunities for young people.

Find out more from Priority One

 Mashup Winners 2013- Tauranga Boys College


The Trustpower Mashup competition for Bay of Plenty secondary students encourages students to work in teams using IT, marketing and business skills on real-life business scenarios with the help of experienced mentors to develop web pages or applications.

Mentors from the information technology and business sectors provide advice and guidance to the teams who will work to meet set deadlines over the weekend competition.

Bay of Plenty Regional Council has sponsored this event since it began in 2010 alongside other local organisations.

Students and teachers can find out more about the competition at