Youth Plan

The Youth Plan sets out actions that government will take in partnership with others to support all rangatahi, in all their diversity, to thrive and succeed. The government wants to really listen to our young people, so that we can make better decisions with and for them. The Youth Plan is about ‘turning voice into action’.

Have Your Say - Youth Plan Survey

Engagement around the Youth Plan has taken place throughout Aotearoa New Zealand with rangatahi, youth sector providers, philanthropic organisations, iwi, and government agencies. We wanted to make sure we heard from as many rangatahi as possible, so we also launched an online survey so they could tell us what they think. A summary of what we have heard will be made available on this webpage. 

Hear what Minister for Youth Hon Peeni Henare has to say about the Youth Plan engagement below.

Youth Plan A3

The Youth Plan A3 provides a visual representation of the Youth Plan Engagement Process.

Visual of Youth Plan A3

Who is the Youth Plan for?

The Youth Plan will target all rangatahi aged between 12 to 24 years (approximately 800,000*) in Aotearoa New Zealand, with particular attention paid to seven priority cohorts: rangatahi Māori, Pacific young people, young women, disabled young people, rainbow young people, young people from ethnic communities and young people in the regions. The Youth Plan represents a commitment to rangatahi, especially those facing additional barriers, to create meaningful change.

*Based on 2018 census

How does the Youth Plan fit with the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy?

The Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, launched on 29 August 2019, sets out a shared understanding of what children and young people need to be well, what government is doing, and how others can help.

The Youth Plan builds off the vision in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy; “making New Zealand the best place in the world for children and young people”. This sets out a long-term aspiration that every child and young person in Aotearoa has a good life.

The Youth Plan will drive the youth-specific outcomes of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It will complement the Strategy by focusing on specific areas that rangatahi have said are important to them: rangatahi voice, mental wellbeing and leadership.