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Taiohi-Taiao/Youth Jam 2017

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. Youth Jam is a wonderful opportunity for students who are interested in science, social sciences, environmental issues and general leadership opportunities to come together to network, learn and have fun together.

2017 - Stop the Spread

17-18 May 2017
Keswick Centre, Rotorua

Stop the Spread: Joining Forces Against Pests is the theme for Youth Jam 2017. We have a number of interactive workshops and activities - some will be led by experts in the field - as well as an absolutely amazing, to-be-revealed field trip. Students can explore the broad nature of plant, animal and aquatic pests in our region, and the complexities of pest management operations.

How your school can take part              

Bay of Plenty secondary schools are invited to send a teacher with up to nine Year 11-13 students for two days of workshops, skills development, field trips and fun. 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.

Student Leaders

Each school is invited to nominate one or two Student Leaders to assist with facilitating the Youth Jam programme. Student Leaders will be invited to join Youth Jam organisers on Wednesday 16 May to identify aspects of the programme they would like to support or lead. Bay of Plenty Regional Council staff will provide leadership training and assist the Student Leaders with preparation.


Expression of interest forms have been posted and emailed to secondary schools in the region or can be downloaded below. A full registration pack will be emailed out on receipt of an expression of interest form.

Places are limited and expressions of interest close Friday 7 April. If you have any questions please contact

Linking to the curriculum

Youth Jam aims to give young people the opportunity to encourage a youth voice in planning for their local community. Teachers may choose to link Youth Jam activities to Achievement Standard credits in Biology, Geography, Social Studies and Education for Sustainability.

Youth Jam 2015  Youth Jam 2015 (2)