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Hastings Youth
"Shout Out"
Awards 2024

Nominate someone you know who lives in the Heretaunga district aged 12-24. We are looking to "shout out" to those rangatahi who are doing great things and maybe don't get recognised.

We are all about compliments so if you know just the person who may be looking after whānau, doing some hard mahi to support others, volunteering, or overcoming obstacles or just really humble and need a "shout out " we want to know.
We need to be able to share their name on our socials and podcast and their story  so make sure they are all good with that beforehand. 

Then, over Youth week we will look at who has been nominated and our team will choose the one individual we feel is the most rewarding of our Happy Bay News Award and a small token of our appreciation for their awesomeness. 
Nominate by email using the form below before May 27th.

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Thanks for your nomination, follow us on insta and our podcast on Spotify to hear more . We will be in touch again soon.

When do you ever open the news and see smiling faces, awesome initiatives and positive changemakers?

The sad reality is, hardly ever. Happy Bay News is the ultimate antidote to bad news and we are a force to be reckoned with.

We’re a group of like-minded individuals who fundamentally believe in the power of spreading good news across the community, shining a light on those unsung heroes that walk among us.

We believe that real change starts from the community level and we are determined to power up and cheer on those who are leading that change.

Founded in 2021, our team, follower base and number of publications have grown steadily from a few cafes in Hastings to now having followership all across the bay and into Central Hawke’s Bay.

We’re really excited to extend into the CHB area, it provides a unique opportunity to highlight the different faces of this beautiful part of the world. From sportspeople punching above their weight on the international stage to greyhound rescue centres and community couples, there is no shortage of good news across CHB.

As a team, are lucky to have the opportunity to practise skills and extend talents in creativity, using and working with all sorts of different media to create our publication.

From interviewing individuals, taking photos, and videos, and writing stories and opinion pieces, we’re exposed to variety and that makes sharing happy stories that much more exciting.

Happy Bay News’ mission is two-pronged - firstly, spreading the good news and second, exposing rangatahi (young people) to skills and opportunities, which may lead to careers in creative industries.

Next time, you see a copy of a yellow magazine with positive stuff written all over it, give it a minute and have a read - it might just make you smile.


We are looking for team members and guest contributors interested in graphic design, photography, illustration and art, written word, poetry, film, post production, or maybe you want to contribute your ideas and viewpoints to help provide direction and content .

We will provide all the gear and help with direction - you just bring your enthusiasm, so If your aged 14-18 get in touch .
Get in touch or complete the form below.

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For just the cost of your coffee......

Support our youth media team and the Happy Bay News with just the cost of a coffee , plus receive your own digital copy in your inbox to enjoy.
You can also pre purchase copies of each addition delivered in print to your home or business. 

Every bit helps us continue to get stories out there of awesome people and encourage our local community while also supporting local youth development.

Add your details with your donation so we can give you a shout out as a Happy Bay News Supporter same time.

Hit the button below !


The Happy Bay news is a local youth led project, with content contributed to by Hawke's Bay and CHB youth.
We seek out stories in our community of people that are doing good stuff, often without even knowing it !
Our team interview them, grab a few photos and it then goes to print in our own newspaper, circulated into the community, now into it's 3rd seasonal edition.

Each of our team gain skill around media, but also in multiple other ways as they connect with the community around them, working as a team and gaining tons of confidence to help them in their future careers.

We are proudly supported by our local Councils and funders to get the Happy Bay News out into our community.

Like to be a sponsor or supporter ?
Please get in touch anytime :

Pictured :
Dewald Botha from Resource, photographed by
Ed Roberts


Help us get Happy Bay News into our local schools.
Your donation will pay it forward for our newspaper to be sent to local schools and help with printing and postage. Plus, you will receive your own copies by post.
Send us your details and click the donate button at top of page ,entering  your nominated amount. 
Thanks so much for your support.

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Community stories, change makers doing 'good in our hood'

Pictured: Hollie Hales Whitaker, Send a Little Smile
Image by Mia Sutherland

Donations welcome !

Thanks for your support and offer of a donation. 
Every dollar  we receive helps us print two additional copies to circulate into local primary schools for teachers to share with their students.
We are a registered charitable trust so your donation is tax deductible and we will forward a receipt to you.
Our account details are :
Foto iwi Charitable Trust 
03 1369 0303911 -00

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Please send us a message below so we can acknowledge your support and generosity and thanks once again !

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