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The future for young people is bright if the Central Otago Youth Expo is anything to go by.

The two-yearly event takes over Alexandra’s Molyneux Stadium on Monday with close to 50 exhibitors from vocational, education and sporting sectors.

Organised by Puna Rangatahi, the youth expo is an opportunity for young people, and their families, to be informed about future decisions and the options available.

Puna Rangatahi manager Sharleen Stirling-Lindsay said more than 600 high school pupils from Cromwell, Roxburgh and Alexandra were expected to go through the expo during school hours, with a public session open from 3.30pm to 5.30pm.

The event tied in with the work done by the youth trust to support young people in the district, Mrs Stirling-Lindsay said.

“I think it’s important because we are a rural community to be able to provide our young people with different options and opportunities of what is out there.”

Community support for the event was invaluable, and the Vincent Community Board was providing the use of Molyneux Stadium free of charge, and Aotea Electric was powering stallholders.

“It was a good opportunity to support our young people, as well as a good use of the space,” VCB chairman Martin McPherson said.

Puna Rangatahi youth coach Deb Drake said after months of hard work it was exciting to see the event all coming together.