Three Taranaki school students will take to the stage at the Just Transitions Summit in New Plymouth on 9-10 May for a discussion with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on the future of the region in a low-emissions economy.

The students – Josh Barratt, Ethan Sheaf-Morrison, and Nikita Taiapa come from across the Taranaki region, and will be joined on the panel by India Logan-Riley of Te Ara Whatu.

The panel will pose questions to the Prime Minister around Taranaki’s transition to a low-emissions future and share their ideas and perspective on what the transition means to the next generation of regional residents and leaders.

“Youth have been a strong and important voice in the development of the Taranaki 2050 draft Roadmap,” says Natalie Wiseman, Venture Taranaki’s General Manager, Transitional Economy.

“Recognising that the youth of today will become the leaders of tomorrow we sought to actively engage the region’s younger people through a focused youth workshop and a creative challenge that enabled interaction and ideas across a range of formats.”

“The responses were wonderfully diverse and creative and have shown that the challenges of our transition to a low-emissions economy are understood and top of mind in our younger generations.”

“The opportunity for local students to share the stage with the Prime Minister underscores the important role Taranaki can play in New Zealand’s transition, and that our draft Roadmap is in many ways paving the way for other regions” Natalie said.

The Youth Panel will take place at the Just Transitions Summit at New Plymouth’s TSB Stadium at 9.20am, Thursday 9 May 2019.

About the students

Joshua Barratt
Josh Barratt is a student and prefect of Opunake High School in South Taranaki. He has an interest in sustainable energy, industry and understanding technology and its potential. Josh is fascinated by what the future holds for people around the world - ethically, economically, sustainably, culturally and technologically.

Ethan Sheaf-Morrison
Ethan Sheaf-Morrison hails from Lepperton, North Taranaki, and is a year 13 student at New Plymouth Boys’ High School, where he is a prefect and the student in charge of culture. Ethan wants Taranaki to strengthen its sense of community and culture, and believes that striving towards a common goal can help achieve this.

Nikita Taiapa
Nikita Taiapa (Ngati Porou) is a year 13 student at New Plymouth Girls’ High School who is passionate about the environment, sustainable fashion and art. Nikita also has a keen interest in Taranaki’s native flora, and plans to pursue university studies related to environmental law and sustainable development.