We plan to deliver a ’Driving Range Takeover’, a fun event targeted at young people aged 12-18 in
Cromwell. We know from conversations with rangatahi, that when they think of golf, they think of
hitting the ball as hard as possible and therefore, enjoy the driving range. We want to provide them with
a safe environment where they can lead their experience and play their version of golf with their friends.
We are collaborating with Cromwell Youth Trust, which is well-connected to young people in the region.
Together, we will facilitate a session for young people to co-design specific elements of this event, using
the space and equipment provided. The elements that young people can co-design are as follows:
• Driving range challenges
• Chipping zone challenge
• Mini-putt course (using ropes, obstacles and portable holes to create a mini-putt course).
• Music playlist
• Hang out space
• Promotional posters
We (Byron and Parker), will co-lead this session with the youth workers from Cromwell Youth Trust,
which provides an opportunity for us to further develop our leadership skills as young people aged 20
and 24. We can provide the young people with advice from our event delivery experience and will be
responsible for ensuring each challenge/activity is safe. Some of the young people involved in this
session will have the opportunity to lead a challenge/activity in the event, with the support of our
trained staff. All participants will be empowered to lead their engagement in the event through a
participant-led journey approach.
The approach outlined above has been developed with consideration to the time required for
whanaungatanga, genuine co-design, and collective leadership.
We have developed this application based on what will be required (equipment, funding, time, space)
for young people to make these decisions and help us collectively achieve the outcomes outlined below.
• Develop and deliver a fun event that celebrates young people and provides opportunities for
them to assume leadership roles in their own, and their peers’ experiences.
• Increase accessibility for young people to have a go at golf and try out different activities.
• Create an inclusive environment where young people feel a sense of belonging and connection
to themselves, their peers, their community and te taiao.
• Increase awareness about opportunities for young people to engage in golf with their
friends/whānau in Cromwell and surrounding regions.
• Increase awareness within the golf sector in New Zealand, of Youth Week, Mana Taiohi and
associated messaging of young people being leaders of today. We will promote this event across
our social/web channels and are committed to developing a case study that explores the
approach taken to develop and deliver this event in collaboration with Cromwell Youth Trust
and young people.
• Strengthen our relationship with Cromwell Youth Trust and explore ways in which we can
continue to work together to provide opportunities for young people in Cromwell to engage in