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.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme Overview

PMYP Village Participants

This programme is about acknowledging young people who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward. It also invests in young people's continued personal development. Participants get to experience a number of developmental opportunities and meet inspirational New Zealanders.

Participants take part in a range of different activities designed to further develop life skills and provide a great insight into further education and potential career paths, in the past these have included:

  • Warehouse Group workshop - to discover work opportunites available
  • Cut Above Academy - looking into hair and beauty career options
  • AUT Culinary School experience - focusing on creativity, food preparation, customer service
  • AMP Financial Literacy workshop - designed to raise awareness and capability in budget management.

As well as learning new skills, there is still plenty of time for making new friends through team building and gaining new experiences like song writing, dance workshop, rope climbing, sailing and many more. Participants will also be mentored for three months to support working towards future goals.

The programme is an important time to recognise and celebrate this group of young New Zealanders who, despite incredible challenges, are doing very well. This programme is all about investing in them to build capability and resilience so that they can thrive now and into the future.

How are young people selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018?

Climbing Frame

Young people can be nominated to attend the programme by those that work with them. This could include through a school principal or teacher, youth or social worker, Police Youth Aid officer, or other community members.

Nominations are now closed - check our Facebook for photos from PMYP 2018!

When will the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018 be held?

Problem Solving

The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018 young people will:

  • have a meet and greet day before the end of the school year (2017) to meet the other young people on your programme and you will have input into what developmental opportunites you do during the January programme
  • attend a four day programme  - Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January 2018 - where you will experience a range of different activities, access a number of development opportunities, meet inspirational New Zealanders and identify goals for the future
  • have mentoring for three months to support you to work towards your future goals
  • have the opportunity to attend three catch up sessions with the rest of the young people over February, March and April. 

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


The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances. The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is a recognition 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)
  • live, work or attend school in South, West and Central Auckland
  • be available to participate in the four day programme in January and the three month mentoring programme
  • 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 and Central 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

    Experience of past participants

    In 2017, 99 young people participated in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP), which took place from 23-27 January. New Zealand Bluelight Incorporated, The Village Community Services Trust and YouthTown Incorporated were the key youth-focused organisations that supported the young people during the week’s activities. These organisations were available to provide mentoring support to participants for three months afterwards.

    Clendon Teen Parent Unit student, Celeste Tekira (16), says she never dreamed she would be part of the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) until she was nominated by her school principal at the end of last year. She says she was completely put out of her comfort zone as she’s never spent much time outside of Manurewa before and she’s now excited about what 2017 might bring. Celeste was part of a group led by YouthTown.

    Another participant commented “This week has been amazing and has given the opportunity for myself and other young people to have the chance to overcome obstacles, meet new friends, and learn about yourself! I've enjoyed this week so much and I have enjoyed all the people and leaders. I've learnt new life skills and things to help me in the future and I'd like to thank everyone who made this week happen! I really enjoyed it.”

    The PMYP also involves a Celebration Dinner where the young people were recognised for their achievements and were presented with certificates. In 2017 Paralympic double record-holder and double Gold medal winner, and recipient of the Halberg Award 2017, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award, Liam Malone, was the guest speaker.