Education Minister Chris Hipkins has announced the twelve young New Zealanders selected to take part in the 2018 Ministerial Youth Advisory Group.

Abby McRoberts

The 2018 Youth Advisory Group members are:

  • Shaneel Lal, Otahuhu College, South Auckland
  • Bevan Xiao, Long Bay College, Auckland
  • Abby McRoberts, Aotea College, Porirua (left)
  • Liam McLeavey, Waiopehu College, Levin
  • Okirano Tilaia, Cashmere High School, Christchurch
  • Geniqua Samupo, Avondale College, West Auckland
  • Brodie Cross, Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu | Correspondence School, Christchurch
  • Nathan Farr, Kings’ High School, Dunedin
  • Hadassah Wharawhara, Te Kāpehu Whetū, Kerikeri
  • Costa Blackman, Tolaga Bay Area School, Tolaga Bay
  • Kate Morris, Darfield High School, Darfield
  • Watene Campbell, Te Kura Kaupapa Māori o Ngā Mokopuna, Wellington

Youth Advisory Group member Abby McRoberts is a year 13 student at Aotea College, Porirua. She plans to study at Victoria University of Wellington next year.

“I’m super excited to be a member of the Youth Advisory Group for 2018 and to take part in the Online Youth Forum. I can’t wait to hear the insights from people all across NZ and to share my own,” Abby says.

“I’m passionate about student voice and students being involved in decision making with teachers and staff, to ensure processes in school and education reflect what students need.

“I’m also passionate about student wellbeing, making sure students know the importance of looking after our wellbeing so we are able to achieve what we want to achieve.”

The Youth Advisory Group and Online Youth Forum have been set up to enable young people to have their say and have more influence on the education system and issues that affect them, and offer young people, aged between 14 and 18 years old, the opportunity to share their experiences of our education system.

“I want our young people to have a say in the way our education system works and the Youth Advisory Group provides an exciting opportunity for young New Zealanders to get involved in the decision-making,” says Minister Hipkins.

Registrations of interest are still open for the Online Youth Forum, which will discuss and test the perspectives of the Advisory Group, so please encourage the young people in your community, aged between 14 and 18, to get involved. They can sign up here.

To learn more about the Youth Advisory Group go to:


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