Resources and Reports

Check in regularly to read the latest resources and reports!

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 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.

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.

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. Download the report and briefs here.



This section contains an alphabetical listing of publications and resources produced or funded by the Ministry of Youth Development.

Youth Voices - Consultation Reports

youth voices

The Ministry of Youth Development consulted with young people on a range of issues in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Consultations were initiated by MYD and/or in conjunction with another government agency to inform them on initiatives and policies affecting young people.

2020 Brief for Incoming Minister - Youth

Youth Enterprise - Te Kete Aronui

The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi embarked on a journey to reset the Expanding Youth Enterprise and Entrepreneurship Education work programme in 2019/2020. The first step in this journey was to get a shared understanding about what ‘good’ looks like for youth enterprise (YE) programmes and the YE sector.

In August 2021, various products were developed in partnership with The Prince’s Trust New Zealand (PTNZ), which included Te Kete Aronui and an Eco-system Map. Entrepreneurship programmes potentially offer a significant contribution to building a more hopeful, prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for Aotearoa New Zealand.

The Te Kete Aronui suite of resources and more information is available at

Youth Participation Research, Toolkits and Relevant Websites

Youth participation resources

The following link below will direct you to a useful list of Youth Participation research, toolkits and relevant websites.

Youth Participation Resources

youth partifipation

The following link will direct you to some useful youth participation resources.

The New Work Order: a presentation by Jan Owen

The JR McKenzie Trust and the Ministry of Youth Development partnered to offer a presentation on The New Work Order by Jan Owen AM Hon DLitt, CEO, Foundation for Young Australians (FYA). This presentation is underpinned by really valuable research undertaken by FYA. This is a crucial topic and the research presented by Jan is valuable for anyone working with young people in New Zealand. We hope you’re challenged and inspired by the presentation and, most of all, we hope you enjoy it.

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Youth Matters - Archived copies of MYD's Monthly E-Newsletter

Access previous online editions of MYD's Youth Matters monthly e-newsletter, from November 2016 to March 2019.

Read 2016 editions of Youth Matters here.

Read 2017 editions of Youth Matters here.

Read 2018 editions of Youth Matters here.

Read 2019 editions of Youth Matters here.

Recovery and Wellbeing Advice

Traumatic events have a profound impact on many people. If you or someone you know needs support, there are a number of services and resources available. It is important that we take care of ourselves and each other. Details of how to access these services are here.

COVID-19 Support - Resources for Rangatahi, Whānau and the Youth Sector

There’s no shortage of advice and helpful hints available about how to support young people to overcome the challenges they are facing during COVID-19. We’ve gathered a selection together and will continue to add to this list as new information becomes available.