ProCare Youth Advisory  

ProCare has recently appointed our first Youth Advisory Group to provide guidance to ProCare based on lived experiences, to help us improve health outcomes for children and young people.

The group will also guide ProCare on implementation of our population health strategy. The group is made up of 14 young people aged 15 to 24 years from diverse backgrounds living in Tāmaki Makaurau.

Carolyn Matthew

19, Indian

“I am most excited about meeting and working with a diverse group of young people who like me, are passionate about equitable healthcare.” 

Danial Ahmed

21, Pakistani

“I am excited to meet different people from various fields and pathways and to collaborate with them. I am keen to enhance my skills and learn more from others and together combine to reflect some positive outcomes in our society through working with this youth advisory group.”

Amy Kong

19, Chinese

“I’m very excited to work with an amazing group of people to help make a positive impact, that will influence the health of youth living in Auckland.”

Te Hira Mayall-Nahi

20, NZ European/Māori (Ngati Whatua ki Kaipara and Te Rarawa)

“I am most excited about challenging others and being challenged myself. By doing this, we are collaborating on how to create better and effective solutions for our people.”

Susana Vunipola

24, Tongan/Niuean

Nā tō rourou, nā taku rourou ka ora ai te iwi
With your food basket and my food basket the people will thrive.
“I am excited to be a part of this rōpū with other young people alongside passionate people at ProCare who are doing their part to serve and cater for a better and healthier Aotearoa.”

Parekotuku Williams

17, Māori (Tapuika, Waitaha, Tuhorangi, Ngati Rangiwewhi)

“I am excited to educate myself and get involved with a programme like this as a rangatahi Māori whos aspiring to work in the health sector.”

Ayush Sharma

21, Indian

“For the youth advisory group to be most effective, it is crucial that it acts as a bridge between decision-makers and the array of young people disenfranchised from the status quo. I am most looking forward to ensuring that the knowledge and unique lived experiences of those young people are given a safe, supportive platform to engage in meaningful discussion and have this translated into positive, tangible change in youth health outcomes across Tāmaki Makaurau.”

Kahlia Pai

18, Māori (Te Ākitai Waiohua – Ngāti Te Ata, Te Āti Awa – Kaitangata, Ngāti Maniapoto - Kinohaku)

“I’m looking forward to working along side ProCare as well as being the next generation’s voice to develop some new ideas that engage with our youth.”

Ken Tse

21, Chinese

“I am most excited to work with a diverse group with different experiences to collectively improve the health and well-being of the youth population in Auckland!”

MJ Manukia

23, Tongan

“To support ProCare in recognising the special place young people have in our society. While I cannot do all the good young people need. Young people need all the good WE can do.”

Oggy Nweke

22, Nigerian

“I'm excited to korero with all the amazing young people selected  across Auckland on health issues that affect us the most.”

Emma Tuave

20, Samoan

“I am most excited for the opportunity to learn and grow. To learn more about how I can use my voice for my Pasifika community in this space, to learn more about health and the massive role it has on our wellbeing and also to grow as a young person who hopes to be a vessel of support for those who I will work alongside and for.”