Youth are role-modelling how to navigate challenging conversation topics in a new podcast series.

Kahu Youth has created a three-part podcast series with six youths discussing important topics across Ara Taiohi Youth Week 2022.

The topics include mental health, boredom in a small town, body image, social media pressures, LGBTQIA+ and navigating uncomfortable conversations with parents.

Podcasters Tao Hawkey-Hight, Cuba Pavolich, M. Bunting, Bee Ambrose, Jessie McNeil and Anna Corthell range in experiences and bring insightful solutions to some local concerns regarding youth.

Cuba Pavolich, who has experience living in different parts of the world, said on the topic of boredom in a small town, “Teens like to hang out together and there’s not really places for them to do that in Wanaka.”

A key point raised during the podcast was limited opportunities.

There was a range of hobbies requiring financial investment beyond young budgets, he said.

“There’s not much for kids to do in our price range.”

Bee Ambrose encouraged curiosity and empathy when having challenging conversations.

“If you don’t understand it, at least respect. And if you don’t respect, leave it alone,” she said.

The podcasts were launched May 10, 11, 12 across Kahu Youth’s social media platforms.

On May 13 a panel discussion open to the public will be held at the Lake Wanaka Centre from 5.30-7.30pm.

Tickets are free, but bookings are essential.

Listen to the Kahu Youth podcast here