Prime Minister’s Youth Programme

The Prime Minister's Youth Programme is for young people aged 14 - 17 years old from Auckland who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward or who are showing the potential to do so. For example, young people who have moved away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance and have made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes.

How are young people selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016?

Prime Minister Youth Programme - Girl group

©Kelston Girls’ College

Young people are nominated to attend the programme by those that work with them. This could include a school principal or teacher, youth worker or a Police Youth Aid officer.

Nominations will close on 16 October 2015 at 5pm. Nominations received after this time will not be accepted.

For more information on nominating a young person for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme contact pmyp@myd.govt.nz or 0508 367 693

More information for referrers

Download the referral form

When will the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016 be held?

The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016 will be held from Monday 18 January to Friday 22 January 2016.

What will participants do during the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016?

The programme will be delivered by local Auckland providers. During the week-long programme, participants will experience a mix of fun and challenging activities and engage with high achieving New Zealanders.

Previous programmes have offered activities such as white-water rafting, a design your own hoodie workshop and leadership building activities.
You can check out the promotional video on how the participants found the programme in 2015.

Who can be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme?

Prime Minister Youth Programme -  Awarded group

©Kelston Girls’ College

The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances. The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is a reward for young people who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward, or who are showing the potential to do so.

Programme participants must:

  • be aged 14 - 17 (inclusive) on 16 October 2015
  • live, work or attend school in South, West, Central and parts of East Auckland,
  • be available to participate in the programme for the week of 18 January to 22 January 2016
  • not be a previous Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participant.

An ideal candidate for the programme will be a young person who has:

  • faced and is managing challenges in their life
  • made positive steps, such as moving away from low-level offending, truancy or has made improvements in their academic performance, for a period of time, and will benefit from participating in the programme

Which areas of Auckland are included?

Young people who live, work or attend school in South, West, Central and parts of East Auckland are eligible to be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.

The geographic area for eligibility has been worked out by local authority wards, including:

  • Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward
  • Manukau Ward
  • Manurewa-Papakura Ward
  • Waitäkere Ward
  • Whau Ward
  • Waitematä and Gulf Ward
  • Maungakiekie Tamaki Ward

Maps outlining these boundaries can be found on the Auckland Council Website

What information should I provide about the person I am nominating to support their nomination?

To nominate a young person for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016 you will be asked to provide details on:

  • the challenges the young person has faced
  • the positive steps the young person has made
  • how the young person will benefit from participating in the programme and how these benefits will be sustained over the long term.

There are a limited number of places available for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2016. Please ensure that you provide specific examples that will help the selection panel assess the nominations.

Experience of the 2015 participants



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The 2015 participants of the Prime Ministers Youth Programme sharing their goals for the future. These include completing NCEA levels and their career aspirations.

For more information on nominating a young person for the the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme contact pmyp@myd.govt.nz or 0508 367 693