About the Ministry of Youth Development
The Ministry of Youth Development - Te Manatu Whakahiato Taiohi – develops and promotes Active Youth Citizenship. This is young people, aged between 12 and 24 years old, using their knowledge, skills and experience to participate confidently in their communities.
Active Youth Citizenship
Active Youth Citizenship is about increasing young people’s ability to participate in society through building their:
- leadership and
- self-management skills.
This leads to better participation and achievement in education.
The Ministry has three key roles:
- To encourage and support a youth development approach
- To support and facilitate youth involvement and input into decision-making processes
- As a funder of youth development services
The Ministry of Youth Development is administered by the Ministry of Social Development
In 1988 Government recognised that young people had little influence in decision-making processes, despite being profoundly affected by social, economic and political conditions. As a result, the Ministry of Youth Affairs was established.
In 2003, following a review by the State Services Commission, the new Ministry of Youth Development was created out of Youth Affairs and the youth policy functions of the Ministry of Social Development.
The Minister for Youth is Hon. Nikki Kaye.
Use of the Ministry of Youth Development logo
The Ministry has strict guidelines about the reproduction and use of the Ministry of Youth Development logo.