Gore man Tane Boyce is overwhelmed by the public response to his idea to help young people in the town.
On Tuesday, Mr Boyce posted his idea on a social networking site and by 1pm on Thursday it had already received 95 comments, 148 shares and 248 emoticons.
Mr Boyce, who is of Nga Puhi, Kai Tahu descent, said he had often seen young people walking the streets and been concerned because when he was younger he also had done that.
“Something clicked in my head and I just thought what can I do?” Mr Boyce said.
He was not sure what to do about the situation.
“I’ve been stewing on it for a while.”
However, on Tuesday he came up with an idea which he posted online.
“I’m looking into starting up a youth group type of thing in Gore this year, with the aim of creating a Hub which provides a safe environment for youth who are at risk of offending or heading down negative pathways, and youth in general 13-18 years (case by case) to educate them on certain things and preparing them for the workforce, also ranges of activities,” he posted.
It was just an idea he had put out into the public arena but the feedback was “massive”.
“I didn’t expect it to blossom like this as fast as it has.
“I really thought it was going to be a longer process than this.”
The 25-year-old, who grew up in Gore, had recently finished working at the Alliance meat processing plant in Mataura.
The late Piripi Gage, who had worked with young people in the town teaching kapa haka, had been like a mentor to him.
“He was a father figure for me .. I feel like it is time to carry on what he was doing.”