Waiheke Marketplace : December 22nd 2010
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Participation in activities deters young people from anti- social activities by filling free time, alleviating boredom, and helping adolescents feel good about themselves,'' the report's opening statement says. It adds: Participation results in positive mental health outcomes such as the reduction in drug and alcohol use which are contributing factors to depression and suicide, and the effectiveness of an activity depends not just on the degree to which it occupies idle time, but also on the extent to which it develops skills, creates challenges, and provides fulfilling exper- iences.'' The 100-page report involved interviewing a sample of the island's youth. The number of young people on Waiheke aged between 12 and 24 is estimated to be around 1000, according to the 2006 census. Fifty-six percent of the youngsters questioned felt there was not much to do on the island, with many commenting it was boring'', with no organised activities that were cool''. Other comments included: No organised events at night that everybody knows about, the only place to hang is at parties'', Not much night life or public transport at night'' and It's too far away from anywhere''. Ms Jackson says having nothing to do has negative outcomes, including drug use, delinquency, extreme sen- sation activity, alcohol and drug abuse and vandalism. But she says young people who were motivated and were aware of leisure activities, and who had parents who were knowledgeable about leisure time, were less likely to take part in antisocial behaviour. The idea of living in a small community was seen posi- tively, with organised events such as the Onetangi Beach Races, fireworks night and Little Day In, plus the weekly Ostend market perceived by many as enjoyable. However, the downside of living in such a close community resulted in comments such as Many people are too nosy'', and Gos- sip travels fast''. To alleviate leisure bore- dom'' those questioned say they would like more social events such as dances, underage parties, beach par- ties, raves, concerts and carnivals. They also want more classes in topics such as art, drama, dance, music, modelling and photography, and would like to see a better cinema -- and a return of the open air cinema. Many adults see young people's attitude to alcohol and drug use as a major issue with reports that children as young as 12 have been seen drunk at weekends. The young people questioned felt they needed to have alcohol to be part of a party and that Wai- heke had a very strong party culture. Lack of parental role models and supervision were also cited as reasons for youth drinking, as young people often see their parents partying and drinking. The report quotes one say- ing: We have 12 and 13-year- olds going to parties and get- ting drunk on a weekly basis. Not as a one-off. And because everyone knows everyone, if a 17 or 18-year-old has a party, they'll have younger brothers and sisters, and then the younger 12 and 13-year-olds go to the parties and are accepted to the parties. That's not abnormal, that's the norm. And that becomes that culture for the kids. It becomes what teenagers do -- go to parties.'' A fact that came to light which will also be of concern to parents is that 30 percent of young people admitted to having been in a car at least once in the past month which was driven by someone who had been drinking alcohol. Report's advice for youth AUT researcher Nicki Jackson's recommenda- tions include: Employ a youth co- ordinator on the island with dedicated funds for youth leisure activi- ties Set up a place for young people to hang out Develop activities to change community at- titudes towards youth Increase advertising of job opportunities Strengthen the use of the natural environ- ment in leisure activi- ties. Increase the avail- ability of cultural, music and dance activi- ties on the island. Look at ways to fund an indoor swimming pool More involvement of Maori youth in positive cultural activities Find Waiheke-based solutions to alternative education needs.
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