Youth Week

Held every May/June, Youth Week is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and success of local young people. Youth Week recognises the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand. The week inspires us to value, support, and affirm the diversity of young people in our society.

About Youth Week

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Youth Week is coordinated by Ara Taiohi, with the support of the Ministry of Youth Development.

Events are designed to encourage young people to take on challenges, share ideas and focus on the positive aspects of being young. The week also recognises the youth workers, youth service providers and others working with and for young people. 

Youth Week 2017 is coming up between 26th May - 4th June and Ara Taiohi would love you to get involved! Create an event, involve yourself in civic engagement or get people designing resources!

As chosen by young people, Youth Week is celebrating the theme: 'Our voices count; count our voices' this year.

Ara Taiohi encourages you to:

  • utilise this theme as an opportunity to promote and celebrate youth voices in your community
  • share how your event/activity is going to create youth development opportunities
  • explore how the theme is relevant to this year and, in particular, the upcoming New Zealand national election.

Youth Week 2017

Youth Week 2017 will be held from 26 May to 4 June 2017! The 2017 Youth Week theme is "Our voices count; count our voices". Keep up to date by visiting the Youth Week Facebook page.


This year, resources are going online (though there may be a sneaky physical resource to be collected)! The "Our voices count; count our voices" resources will be primarily web-based so that you can post them on your Facebook profiles, online event sites and webpages.

Ara Taiohi has some social media tiles from last year that connect with this year’s theme and a new GIF that you can download and share. 

Opportunities to Get Involved

Design and share Youth Week 2017 themed posters, resources, photos and videos to Ara Taiohi's Facebook page and they will also feature them on their website.

Ara Taiohi would particularly encourage you to collaborate with young people to create resources that can be utilised by young people and organisations across the motu.

    Youth Week Events

    Once you’ve planned your event and need to start promoting it, Ara Taiohi can help. You can use their online map and event submission page. From the beginning of April you can also find out about other events that will be happening during Youth Week all around the country!