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Youth ‘hub’ idea well received

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Now he had received such a positive response to the plan, he needed to work out the finer details of how the project would be organised, including finding a name for the group and a meeting place.

Gore Mayor Tracy Hicks said he was very pleased Mr Boyce had come forward.

“A young leader like that standing up and wanting to be counted is exactly what we need and [we] look forward .. to working with him to see what we can do,” Mr Hicks said.

It was good timing for Mr Boyce to be talking about his idea as the Hokonui Huanui project gets under way.

“The Hokonui Huanui project is about community wrapping around both physically and metaphorically with individuals that are having challenges .. that is exactly what Tane wants to do as well.”

Gore youth aid officer Senior Constable Steve Heyrick said Mr Boyce’s idea had merit.

“I think it will be a great idea if it can get off the ground. I would be happy to meet with Tane and help him out any way we could as well.”

There was a need for a project like this, Snr Const Heyrick said.

Hokonui Huanui co-lead Bernadette Hunt said she had touched base with Mr Boyce but was looking forward to meeting him again.

“We’ll certainly be connecting with him, both to fill him in on some of the work that’s already going on .. and also to capture some of the ideas he’s got and his enthusiasm and willingness to be involved,” Mrs Hunt said.

“He’s putting it out there and getting the conversation going, which is great.”