Supporting young people to make their impact


About Us

Auckland Youth Voice is the peak body for youth participation groups in Auckland. We are a regional organisation and our members represent a diverse range of young people and youth voice groups who are committed to increasing youth and civic participation locally, regionally and nationally.


Our Vision

We want an Aotearoa where young people are achieving their full potential as valued, included and thriving citizens, able to make a positive difference in the communities in which they belong.

Our Services

We work to connect, support and empower young people and Youth Voice Groups to actively participate, elevate the voices of young people and be champions of change. We do this by removing barriers to participation and equipping them with the tools, knowledge and opportunities to belong, connect and succeed.

Regional Network

We provide a regional network of young people and Youth Voice Groups who are committed to increasing youth and civic participation.

Events & Projects

We create events, projects and opportunities to nourish and engage young people and Youth Voice Groups, including quarterly ‘meet-ups’, training weekends and end of year celebrations.

Training & Development

We provide bespoke training and development to grow the capacity and capability of young people and Youth Voice Groups to enable them to achieve their goals and aspirations.

Facilitation & Support

We take on a facilitation and/or an umbrella role for Youth Voice Groups that need additional support.


Submissions & Policy Reform

We coordinate a proactive policy reform process to enable young people and Youth Voice Groups to contribute to consultations and submissions that will affect young people in Aotearoa.

Our Trustees

Our Trustees collectively have over 30 years of experience in Governance and Advisory positions and are current or former members of Youth Voice Groups. They are elected by the members annually.


Zachary Wong

Zachary is the Chairperson of AYV and is passionate about giving young people across Auckland a voice. He was one of the founding members of the South Auckland Youth Collective and a former Chairperson of Howick Youth Council. He is also actively involved in supporting schools debating and is the Chairperson of Auckland Schools' Debating.

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Damian Piilua

Damian is the Youth Participation, Co-design and Social Media Coordinator for YouthLaw Aotearoa, a Board Member on the Auckland Council Pacific Advisory Panel, the former Deputy Chairperson of the Auckland Youth Advisory Panel and the former Chairperson of the Manurewa Youth Council. 


Veisinia Maka

Veisinia is the Chairperson of the Tāmaki Youth Council, a SkyCity Trustee, the Auckland Liaison of Commonwealth Youth New Zealand, the former Chairperson of Auckland Council’s Youth Advisory Panel and a Kiwibank Local Hero award recipient.


Michael Howell

Michael is the current Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of the Puketāpapa Youth Foundation and previously served as the Executive Director of the Foundation.


Raymond Feng

Raymond currently serves as treasurer on the Puketāpapa Youth Foundation and a Creative NZ assessor for Auckland Council. He's a former Student Representative on his school Board of Trustees and a former Youth MP in the 2019 Youth Parliament programme.


Lisa Yang

Lisa is the Chairperson of the Upper Harbour Youth Council, a community programme organiser for Girl Guiding NZ and the organiser & licensee for TEDxYouth @ Aotea Square. She has previously been a member of the Girl Guiding NZ advisory panel and has been involved in numerous community service projects.


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