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The Central Otago Youth Expo at Molyneux Stadium. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

The perspective of some of the region’s teenagers became broader on Monday with the Central Otago Youth Expo.

Organised by Puna Rangitahi, more than 600 secondary school pupils, teachers, parents and members of the public converged on Alexandra’s Molyneux Stadium to see what was on offer in educational, vocational and sporting spheres for young people.

More than 50 stall-holders took part armed with information and interactive displays from inflatable obstacles, VR skydiving and bungee jumping, speed challenges and more.

Virtual experience . . . Go with Tourism lower South Island regional co-ordinator Heidi Gillingham with VR goggles used to give pupils the experience of skydiving and bungy jumping. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Dunstan High School pupil Katie Miller (16) said the event was a “lot of fun” and had given her much to think about.

She hadn’t decided what she wanted to do when she finished school, however the youth expo had “given her some good ideas”, she said.

Dunstan High School careers adviser Laura Boulton said the youth expo was a great experience for the school’s pupils and widened their perspective on what was on offer to young people.

“A lot of our students think you have to go outside of the area [for opportunities] and they don’t need to,” Ms Boulton said.

Championing young people . . . The Team from Puna Rangatahi organised the Central Otago Youth Expo. PHOTO: SHANNON THOMSON

Puna Rangitahi manager Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay said the event was “ka pai” and she was really happy with the response from both schools and stall-holders.

Ten young people from the Central Otago Youth Council stepped up to lead people through the expo, she said.

“It has been amazing having the youth council guys here.”

There was no time to bask in the success of the expo however, with plans already under way for a parenting expo later in the year, Mrs Stirling-Lindsay said.