Youth Voice

Young people 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 youth voice to the table.

Youth Advisory Group - Members announced

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi Youth Advisory Group (YAG) members have now been announced!

It was wonderful to hear from so many young people that wanted to take part and share their voice, and MYD wants to thank everyone that applied.

The new YAG will be providing advice on specific projects that will help to embed youth voice into government decision-making. The YAG’s first project will be to help MYD to review the government’s Youth Plan 2020-2022: Turning Voice into Action – Rebuilding and Recovering (Youth Plan).

Read on for more information on who the new YAG members are:

North Island Regional Youth Advisory Group Members 

Full Name

Age

Location

Ali Muhammad

22

Palmerston North

Veilomani Tafa

21

Auckland

Tommy de Silva

22

Auckland

Te Miringa Tito

19

Dargaville

Madiha Ali

23

Hamilton

Kate Morris

21

Wellington

Jaden Movold

18

Auckland

Hannah Bautista

18

Wellington

Eilidh Purewa Huggan

21

Hamilton

Christyanna Saufoi

21

Auckland

Chanay Peri

23

Napier

Ashleigh Putt-Fallows

18

Wellington

Aidan Donoghue

18

Wellington

 South Island Regional Youth Advisory Group Members 

Full Name

Age

Location

Silas Zhang

18

Christchurch

Piper Pengelly

19

Christchurch

Poppy Whittington

22

Christchurch

Jesper Reinink

21

Hokitika

Jayme Leigh-Gilmore

24

Christchurch

Hugo Cordue

24

Dunedin

Emily Duff

22

Christchurch

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks for profiles of the YAG members across MYD’s Instagram and Facebook.

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.

Smiling group of young people sitting or crouching down together

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.