About us

The Ministry of Youth Development - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi - encourages and supports young people, aged between 12 and 24 years old, to develop and use knowledge, skills and experiences 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:

  • confidence
  • leadership and
  • self-management skills.

This leads to better participation and achievement in education.

Key roles

The Ministry has three key roles:

  1. To encourage and support a youth development approach
  2. To support and facilitate youth involvement and input into decision-making processes
  3. As a funder of youth development services

The Ministry of Youth Development is administered by the Ministry of Social Development

Our History

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.

Our Minister

Minister of Youth Affairs is Hon. Nikki Kaye

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.