Young Nelsonians living their dreams out in the real world will take centre stage at an event aimed to inspire the next generation to discover and follow their own dreams.

Funded by the Nelson City Council and Ara Taiohi, ‘Young and Inspired’ will be held on Saturday 18 May at the Suter Theatre, Nelson from 7.30-10pm.

Returning for its fourth successive year, 'Young and Inspired’ celebrates the achievements of eight remarkable young people who will share their stories on the circumstances and challenges they have encountered and overcome, and the choices they have made along the way. 

The presenters, all under the age of 33, include Sarah Eynon, Sam Edmonds, Joni Tomsett, Kiwa Denton, Elijah Burton, Zoe Palmer, Amanda Sears and Reece Milton.

Chair of the Community Services Committee, Gaile Noonan acknowledged the inspiring young people sharing their experiences at the event and says “It can be easy to overlook the potential impact of someone sharing their story on others and I’m pleased that Council has supported this event again this year. It’s important that everyone in our community has opportunities to celebrate and explore their heritage, identity and creativity.

“I was awestruck by the way the young people talked about their choices, successes and challenges at a previous event and can assure you that you their messages will inspire you to reach for your goals and what makes you happy and matters most,” says Gaile.

The event is strictly alcohol, drug and smoke free and suitable for 14 years and older. A light supper will be provided during the half time intermission.

Young and Inspired is free to attend, however those interested in attending are encouraged to reserve their seat, through

To find out more about the presenters, visit Nelson City Presents Facebook. 

Event Details:

Young and Inspired – Living My Dream
Date:     Saturday 18 May, 2019
Time:     7.30-10.00pm
Venue: Suter Theatre, Nelson

The event is free to attend but registering is required. A light supper will be provided during the half time intermission. The event is strictly alcohol, drug and smoke free and suitable for 15-18 year olds.