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Taiohi-Taiao/Youth Jam

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15-17 May, Ōhope Beach

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Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2018 is a free 3-day summit for Year 11-12 students in the Bay of Plenty and in 2018 focused on emergency preparedness and disaster response. The key objective of the event wasto train students from every school in the region to become civil defence leaders for their school and wider community, and to obtain the knowledge, skills and support to ensure their schools are prepared for any emergency response situation.

We welcomed over 40 students from 16 secondary schools across the region and enjoyed three action-packed days of interactive learning. Students prepared a school and personal emergency response plan, planned and participated in a tsunami drill, and were involved in workshops with emergency response experts.

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Benefits for students

  • Gaining relevant, real-world leadership skills with a key focus on raising awareness of civil defence at school and in the community
  • Learning about disaster and emergency response processes and how they can take an active role should a disaster occur
  • Making key connections with civil defence organisations and experts in the Bay of Plenty
  • Meeting diverse new friends from across the region and learning in a fun, dynamic environment!

Benefits for schools and communities

  • Every participating school gained at least two trained and prepared civil defence leaders who are able to educate their peers and raise awareness of emergency response procedures
  • The students are receiving ongoing support from Emergency Management Bay of Plenty to run scenario exercises, plan awareness campaigns and spread key civil defence messages
  • Students have returned to school with a clear understanding of community connections vital to emergency preparedness e.g. with other local and national organisations
  • Students have brought back to their schools civil defence knowledge that is linked closely to key competencies in the NZ Curriculum

The key points your school needs to know

  • Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam is an opportunity open to all Year 11 and 12 students, regardless of academic, sporting or existing leadership ability/experience
  • Bay of Plenty Regional Council covers the costs for students to attend this event, including transport to and from the venue
  • Students interested (or shoulder-tapped by staff) in attending Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam will be invited to apply. Two students from each school will be selected by a panel



Check back here over the coming months for more info about Taiohi-Taiao Youth Jam 2019.

For any enquiries about this event

Please contact
Natalie Ridler
Community Engagement Advisor
Ph. 0800 884 880 extn. 7152  
Mob. 021 190 7152