Youth Voice

Rangatahi have consistently told us that they want their voice heard in the decisions that impact them and their future. They must be supported and enabled to be part of the conversation about shaping a productive, sustainable and inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand. MYD has an important part to play in bringing rangatahi voice to the table.

Anime Competition

The Anime competition is now open on Instagram for those aged between 18 and 24 years who live in Aotearoa New Zealand. All you need to do is:

  • Make a 20 second vid using the slogan “Don’t be a bots, get your shots!”
  • Use the hashtag #DontBeABotsGetYourShots*
  • Post on IG and tag @ministryyouthdevelopment 

Anime competition guidelines

Who can enter:

  • Open to young people aged between 18 and 24 years who live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We want to hear from you:

  • Submit a 20 sec video which includes the line ‘Don’t be a bots, get your shots!’

Get creative:

  • Be as creative as you want! You can enter using original music, dance, spoken word, TikTok, poetry…whatever way you want to show your ideas.

Tag and share:

  • Submit your entry on Instagram by tagging @ministryyouthdevelopment and #DontBeABotsGetYourShots by 5:00 pm on Sunday 31 October 2021 NZT.


  • Voice one of the characters in an upcoming Anime production designed to support government messaging about COVID-19, and
  • Receive an awesome coaching opportunity with a digital storytelling agency. 

The winning entry will be announced on the MYD IG channel no later than 4 November 2021. Encourage the young people you know to enter now!

Entries will be judged on:

  • Positive Impact (on your community and others in Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Passion
  • Creativity

By entering the competition, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined below.

* Entries using the alternate hashtag #Don'tBeBotsGetYourShots will be accepted at MYD's discretion.

    Project DMs – Insight Gathering and Youth Wellbeing Micro-Campaign Report

    The Project DMs – Insight Gathering and Youth Wellbeing Micro-Campaign Report was made possible through a partnership between the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi, Te Hiringa Hauora, and creative agency, Curative. Led by Te Hiringa Hauora as an action under the government’s Youth Plan, Project DMs aims to understand the experiences and needs of rangatahi Māori and Pasifika young people transitioning out of school amidst the global complexity of COVID-19. These young people are at a point of transition in their lives, a stage in their life where freedom, personal agency, responsibility, and resilience increasingly evolve.

    Between September 2020 and February 2021, insights were gathered through design research, listening, making, and testing to arrive at a clear sense of how the wellbeing of young people can best be supported. Project DMs has revealed there are significant opportunities to better support the wellbeing of rangatahi Māori and Pasifika young people in transition.

    Experiences of COVID-19 for takatāpui, queer, gender diverse, and intersex young people aged 16-24 years Report

    MYD commissioned this research to better understand the experiences of rainbow rangatahi aged 16-24 years of COVID-19, and Alert Levels 3 and 4 and the pandemic in general. The Report aimed to understand the enablers, needs, challenges, and barriers for young people and the impact COVID-19 will have on their futures. It looked at what young people need to improve their futures to help guide government, policymakers, and people who work with young people and the wider sector.

    Data was collected in October 2020 using an online survey, a roundtable of Rainbow organisations, interviews, and a focus group. Participation was encouraged and advertised on Facebook and Instagram and was also promoted on MYD’s social media channels and by various rainbow organisations.

    This report is a first step towards setting out those needs and aims to provide a pathway for policymakers and community organisations who work with and for rainbow young people.

    Negotiating Multiple Identities: Intersecting Identities among Māori, Pacific, Rainbow and Disabled Young People Report

    Intersectionality provides us with a lens that assists us in understanding the overlapping of multiple identities and relations to more than one group. It helps us to see how our memberships to multiple groups shape us individually. The interconnectedness of culture, circumstance and sexuality plays a part in the way in which minorities are perceived, treated, and often disadvantaged.

    The Negotiating Multiple Identities: Intersecting Identities among Māori, Pacific, Rainbow and Disabled Young People Report (the Report), funded by the Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi, sheds light on the importance of understanding the way in which intersectionality impacts on the rangatahi across various intersectionalities. This understanding can be used to better support future generations.

    This Report is part of the Youth19 Rangatahi Smart Survey (Youth19), which is the latest in the Youth2000 series of health and wellbeing surveys.

    Youth Engagement Zoom Hui Report

    On 04 March 2021, the Minister for Youth Hon Priyanca Radhakrishnan hosted a Youth Engagement Zoom Hui (Zhui) with over 130 rangatahi, youth workers and youth sector organisation representatives from the Auckland region. The Zhui was organised by the Ministry for Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi.

    The Zhui was in response to the COVID-19 community outbreak in Auckland. It gave participants an opportunity to ask questions of a panel and talk about the challenges they were experiencing as a result of Alert Level changes, and discuss three different topics.

    After the Q & A session with the panel and the topic discussion, Zhui participants were encouraged to send through additional questions, so they could be answered after the event. We have arranged the questions under key themes and have provided answers from relevant government agencies in the attached document entitled ‘Youth Engagement Zoom Hui Report (the Report)’. The answers contained within this Report were provided in April 2021 by relevant agencies and represent a moment in time.

    Youth Pulse Check Survey

    Launched during Lockdown, the Youth Pulse Check Survey provided an opportunity to hear directly from rangatahi on how they were managing during lockdown and how government could support them during the different COVID-19 Alert phases, including the post-COVID-19 recovery. The online survey was open between 18 April and 16 May 2020 and over 2,650 rangatahi participated.

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    Download the Youth Pulse Check Survey results slides here.

    Download the Youth Pulse Check Survey A3 snapshot here.

    Disclaimer: This survey was not intended to be an accurate representative sample. The survey was conducted online, and data has not been weighted against the Aotearoa New Zealand population, so results will be biased to those over-represented. These results cannot be generalised to the total population aged 12 to 24 years.