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 2019

Youth Week 2019 will be held from 18-26 May 2019! The 2019 Youth Week theme is "We are more than you see" "He wai hōhonu a mātou" (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).


Young people from schools, youth groups and organisations across the country were asked to design posters for the campaign that connect to the theme. Young people and their communities have voted on their favourite design. Check out the winning posters and learn how you can request your free poster pack on Ara Taiohi's website. You can also download other resources here.

Youth Week Events

Keep up to date with events that are happening throughout Aotearoa New Zealand on Ara Taiohi's website.