Kahu Youth Events 2022

CLICK HERE to nominate a youth for the Youth Volunteer Awards

We love events, and we know you do too! There’s nothing better than getting the community together so that you, your friends and whanau can have a good time.

Kahu Youth Trust’s programme of events includes our now famous Matariki celebration at the lakefront each year.

Six such events are outlined below. Check them out …

Northlake Skate Jam

Kahu Youth was proud to present the 2022Northlake Skate Jam. This community event celebrates the sport of skateboarding encourages youth to get involved and active. Check out the 2022 Northlake Skate Jam – click here

A HUGE thank you to our sponsors; Winton / Northlake Wanaka, BaseNZ, Rad Skate School, Cheapskates, Dropping Inn, Red Star Burger Bar, Site Wanaka NZ, New World, Southern Lakes ITM, Step Up Industries and Mr Whippy.

Youth Volunteer Awards – TUE 22nd November 2022

CLICK HERE to nominate a youth for the 2022 Youth Volunteer Awards!!

The Upper Clutha Youth Council with Kahu Youth proudly present each year the Youth Volunteer Awards. This is a for-youth, by-youth celebration of all the positive things our local young people do in the community. It is a great way for youth to recognised the great work they do and to appreciate each other.

The Great Cardboard Boat Race

For 12 years, Kahu Youth has run the annual Cardboard Boat Race. As the name suggests, it’s a boat race – but if your boat is not made out of cardboard, you get disqualified. This family favourite event sees friends get together to form cabin crews that create innovative, ingenious, hilarious and downright ridiculous cardboard boats and race them against each other on Lake Wānaka – just for fun and a good laugh.

Read more about our 2022 Cardboard Boat Race – click here!

Boaty McBoatface vs Buzzy Bee at Kahu Youth’s Amazing Cardboard Boat Race 2022

Matariki – an annual highlight for Wānaka

A proud accomplishment for Kahu Youth, even with the uncertainty brought on by changing alert levels in 2021, we delivered our our flagship event Matariki. In 2021, Matariki was held in July and saw approximately 2000 people from the community attend and participate in the celebration. This is a major and annual event, and each year the majority of the volunteers and performers that bring this event to life, are our local youth.

Takin’ over Amigos

Amigos Restaurant kindly allows Kahu Youth Trust to “take over” the front of house, running the restaurant for a few nights, and serving members of the general public. This is a great experience for all youth involved, and is also an important fundraising activity in our annual calendar.

Upper Clutha A&P Show

The annual A&P show is undoubtedly a highlight on many calendars in the Upper Clutha. Each year, Kahu Youth Trust is present at the event to connect with the local community, raise awareness of our programmes and services, and talk with the young people at the show.