Youth Week

Held every year, Youth Week is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and achievements of rangatahi. Youth Week recognises the amazing contributions that young people make to their communities throughout Aotearoa 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. 

As chosen by young people, Youth Week is celebrating the theme “Ahakoa te aha, kei a koe te tikanga: Be who you want to be” this year.

Youth Week 2018

Youth Week 2018 will be held from 19-27 May 2018! The 2018 Youth Week theme is “Ahakoa te aha, kei a koe te tikanga: Be who you want to be”. Ara Taiohi invites you to play off this theme, perhaps by using the longer theme "Be who you want to be, not what you want to see" or even "Be who you want to be, not what others want to see".


Young people from schools, youth groups and organisations across the country have been asked to design posters for the campaign that connect to the theme “Be who you want to be!”. Young people and their communities then vote on their favourite design. The winning poster is printed and sent to across the country to be displayed in schools, libraries and community halls. It will also be available for people to download from Ara Taiohi's website.

Youth Week Events

Keep up to date with events that are happening throughout Aotearoa New Zealand on the Youth Week Facebook page.