Eastern Bay Team


We believe that there is a limited amount of events for youth especially in more of our rural areas and we wanted to see more positive youth involvement and more youth led events/activities.

We created the ‘Clash of the Rurals’ – an event for youth run by youth. A core element to this project was our focus on upskilling a wider cohort of youth who participated in the planning and running of the event.

Our event was successful in achieving our goal of encouraging positive youth involvement and we are now looking at how we can take this year’s learnings to bring Clash of the Rurals back in 2018.





Ko Tuhoe, Ngati Maniapoto, Ngati Awa me Ngati Tuwharetoa nga iwi Ko Celine Chapman Tapara toku ingoa.

I’m 18 years old. Born and bred in Murupara I live here with my parents and three siblings.

I am currently a member of the Murupara Youth Leadership Projects Team and studying as part of #Teamace at Eastbay Reap. Having just completed a stint as a Radio DJ for Te Reo O Tawhiuau, I am considering further employment at this time. I am that person who loves to encourage positivity, connectivity, fun and leadership for our local youth.

My dream for Murupara rangatahi is that there would always be something positive for them – educational, recreational, employment, cultural, fun and any other opportunities that may arise, and that this would include the ability to take ownership and lead from the front.

‘Ko nga Rangatahi nga Rangatira mo apopo, Our young people today are our leaders of tomorrow.’



I truly believe:

Ko te manu e kai ana i te miro, nòna te ngahere
Ko te manu e kai ana i te màtauranga, nòna te ao.

The bird that partakes of the miro berry reigns in the forest
The bird that partakes of education, opportunities reigns in the world.

Ko Mellani Waimaria Anahera Walker Ahau, Ko Te Whakatohea raua ko Ngati Awa oku Iwi, I am 21 years of age, soon to be 22. I have grown up in the Bay of Plenty all my life, Whakatane, Kawerau and now Opotiki, it’s a beautiful place and I am proud to say I still live at home, this is where I was brought up and this is where I’d want my tamariki to grow up.

I’m passionate about our people and encouraging young individuals to make positive change within themselves and the community.



Kia Ora, my name is Justin Ross; I am a 23 year old male born and raised in Kawerau small town in the Bay of Plenty. I am currently studying a bachelor of Primary School Teaching through the University of Waikato.

I have been involved with many youth events around Kawerau through my time on the Kawerau Youth Council where I have been a part of for the last six plus years. There are many more committees or groups I am involved in, on top of being a uni student. I am the secretary of the Kawerau Amateur Swimming club as well as being a coach and a swimmer, and have a huge involvement in the netball scene as well from coaching, umpiring and playing netball as well. So all in all I am one busy student, but I like it that way.

My mum always says “if you are busy, it means you can’t get into trouble”.



I am 21 years old and from Edgecumbe in the BOP. I am passionate about empowering our young people.

Through teaching them the right attitudes they can make the most of every opportunity given and also with the right skills they can create their own opportunities.

I want to see the right support and enthusiasm given to our young people so that they will have the courage to do new and exciting things!