The Hurunui Youth Programme offers recreational activities and development programmes for youth in Years 7-13 in the Hurunui District.

Our mission statement is to ‘Create positive activities and opportunities for our young people to learn, succeed, and reach their potential.’ The Programme was founded in 2008 and has run over 200 events since then, such as pool parties, skate jams, socials, sporting competitions, and ski trips. Development programmes run include a leadership camp, Youth Forum, Defensive driving courses, and the opportunity to sit on the Hurunui Youth Council. The HYP has over 210 registered members, with events regularly involving over a hundred youth.

The Hurunui District is a rural area with pockets of small towns and few opportunities available for young people outside the education system. Recognising this void, the Hurunui Youth Programme was formed to give youth more opportunities to participate in leisure and cultural activities. A Youth Programme Co-ordinator (Jess Kerr) works alongside the Hurunui Youth Council, youth leaders, and youth action groups set up at the three area schools (and Amberley Primary School) in the district, to organise and co-ordinate activities beneficial to youth. This consultation allows the programme to offer flexible activities that the youth want.