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About Youth Week

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 aims to amplify young people’s valuable contributions to their communities by supporting them to design, deliver and evaluate all aspects of the week. We want Aotearoa to be a country where young people are vibrant and optimistic and are supported and encouraged to take up challenges.

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

We identify young people as those aged between 12 and 24 years old.


2024 Youth Week theme

‘Māwherangi a tama roto ka taka, kāpuia ake ka pūrangiaho’

‘We may not have it all together, but together we have it all’


Ideas of how you can acknowledge Youth Week

Here’s some ideas of how you can acknowledge Youth Week:

  • Celebrate any young kaimahi or volunteers in your organisation (community, philanthropy or government)
  • Post what’s happening in your organisation or community using #youthweeknz24
  • Run an event to celebrate Youth Week! Be sure to add your event to the Official Youth Week Calendar!
  • The logo and other resources are available on our Resources & Rauemi page. Be sure to add them to your Youth Week posters and social events!
  • Upskill in youth development by exploring Ara Taiohi resources around Mana Taiohi, and especially those relating to young people leading (whai wāhitanga)

There are heaps of other ideas you might have to celebrate Youth Week. Let us know what you are doing to we can highlight it during the week.

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