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10 January 2014


17 March 2014

The Ministry of Youth Development suports the Duke Of Edinburgh's Hillary Award to enable young New Zealanders to take part in the programme. HRH The Duke of Edinburgh signed off the first Gold Award online withNew Zealander Amanda Lawson's recieving for her Gold Award activities on 12 March 2014.

19 March 2014

The Ministry of Youth Development have selected Suzy McKinney and Oliver Ibbetson to be national youth delegates representing New Zealand at the World Conference on Youth 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka from 6-10 May, 2014.

21 March 2014

Youth Week 2014 is held between 17 and 25 May. The Ministry of Youth Development and Ara Taiohi are proud to bring you the Youth Week 2014 Awards. These awards will celebrate the achievements that young New Zealanders make everyday.


15 April 2014

iCan Youth Action Group is a youth led intiative with aims to address issues surronding bullying, promote posisitive social change and create a safer environment for young people.

15 April 2014

The inaugural Summerz End Youth Fest took place on Saturday 5 April and was attended by an estimated 4000 people. The event was intended to showcase the talent of local youth and provide an opportunity for youth to take part in something fun and inclusive, meet and connect with new people and learn about groups and clubs operating in the city.

15 April 2014

The Manawatu Youth Ambassadors are a group of 19 young people who are involved in leadership roles and decision making opportunties in Feilding including members of our National Youth Advisory Group and Aotearoa Youth Voices.

16 April 2014

On the 27th of June, Wanganui High School joined 24 other schools from across New Zealand in the annual Day of Silence campaign. This is a story of the campaign written by AYV member, Amaan Merchant.

24 April 2014

The Aotearoa Youth Voices Newsletter - April Edition

28 April 2014

The President of the French Republic has invited New Zealand to send four youth from New Zealand to join with youth from all countries involved in the First World War to march on the Champs-Elysées on the 14th of July as part of the traditional Bastille Day parade. This year France is using its national day to mark the upcoming centenary of the commencement of the First World War.


05 May 2014

The Whangarei Youth Space was opened on 2 May and repersents years of hard work from Northland Youth. This is the story about how the youth space came to be written by Brad Olsen, a member of the Ministry of Youth Development's Youth Advisory Panel.

13 May 2014

Youth Week is being celebrated between 17-25 May 2014. This year's theme is 'Be the Change'

20 May 2014

Today the Minister of Youth Affairs, Hon Nikki Kaye, announced the 24 recipients of a Youth Week 2014 Award.

21 May 2014

Auckland War Memorial Museum has teamed up with Media Design School and their 'Pick & Shovel' community to recreate ANZAC history using Minecraft®.

22 May 2014

On 8 May, Jonelle Woon, a member of the National Youth Advisory Group, attended the Aspiring Leaders Forum. This forum brings together 100 young people to Wellington for four days to learn about values and faith.

27 May 2014

The Aotearoa Youth Voices Newsletter - May Edition


12 June 2014

With support of Ministry of Youth Development funding the Masterton District Council is hosting a Youth Council Conference on 14 - 15 July 2014 in Masterton. The organisers expect up to 100 young people from the North Island's Central South region to attend.

17 June 2014

The Aotearoa Youth Voices Newsletter - June Edition

23 June 2014

The Ship for World Youth Leaders is a unique international youth exchange programme funded by the Government of Japan. The Ministry of Youth Development is seeking young New Zealanders between 18-30 years of age to apply for nine funded places on the programme. Applications are also invited from New Zealanders between 30-39 years of age to apply to be the National Leader for New Zealand.Apply today by completing the online application form, click the link at the bottom of the page.


25 July 2014

The Aotearoa Youth Voices Newsletter - July Edition


12 August 2014

International Youth Day 2014 "Mental Health Matters" and the Aotearoa Youth Voices special edition newsletter.

16 August 2014

On Saturday 16 August 2014, His Excellency Lt Gen, The Rt Hon Sir Jerry Mataparae, Governor-General of New Zealand welcomed almost 500 people to Government House.

19 August 2014

Outlined below are some recent youth-led initiatives in Gore. Written by Kayla McIntosh the Youth Development Co-ordinator at the Community Connections Centre in Gore.

20 August 2014

On 20 June 2014, the Rotorua Youth Environment Forum coordinated a planting and clean up day at Ōhinemutu alongside the local community and Sustainable Coastlines. Local school students planted 250 plants along Lake Rotorua and cleaned up the rubbish that collects at the mouth of the Utuhina Stream.  

20 August 2014

Kathryn Feldon, a 24-year old qualified Primary School Teacher currently living in the mighty Waikato, spent one month bussing around the North Island of New Zealand - to get an insight into what it takes to create the Stage Challenge events.


01 September 2014

The Ministry of Youth Development with support from the New Zealand Defence Force are running a competition to select three youth ambassadors to travel to Gallipoli, Turkey in April as part of the World War 100 commemorations. Applications close Monday 15 September at 9am.

02 September 2014

The Festival for the Future is a New Zealand event to celebrate youth-led Kiwi innovation and support the next generation to spark and grow ideas.

17 September 2014

The Ministry of Youth Development has opened nominations for three youth worker chaperones to be selected to travel with the youth ambassadors to Gallipoli, Turkey for the 100 year commemorations of the landing on Gallipoli Peninsula. Nominations close 9am Wednesday, 24 September 2014.

22 September 2014

Liam Mcleavey is the founder of Youth Jobs Horowhenua. This is his story about how and why he started Youth Jobs in his community. This story was submitted by Liam Mcleavey.

26 September 2014

Youth Jobs Horowhenua - written by Liam Mcleavey.  At the start of August Liam Mcleavey launched a social initiative called Youth Jobs Horowhenua, which is a social initiative designed to help youth aged 13-24 find a job, as well as promote youth working in New Zealand.

29 September 2014

The Spirit of Adventure Trust offers young people aged 15 to 18 the opportunity to experience a sail of a lifetime through their 10 day Youth Development voyage.  


17 October 2014

The Aotearoa Youth Voices Newsletter - October Edition


07 November 2014

The Financial Literacy Fund aims to support initiatives designed to develop young people’s financial literacy skills either in school, community or workplace settings.