Youth Plan 2020-2022: Turning Voice into Action – Rebuilding and Recovering

The Youth Plan sets out actions that government will take, in partnership with others, to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 for rangatahi. It aims to ensure rangatahi have a say in decisions about recovery, to support the wellbeing of rangatahi and their family and whānau, to enable rangatahi leadership and to drive transformative change. This will be achieved when we collaborate, enable community-led solutions, drive connection and create environments where innovation is cultivated.

Minister for Youth Launches the Youth Plan

Youth Plan

The Youth Plan is available in the following formats:

  • English full version
  • English summary version
  • Te Reo Māori full version
  • Te Reo Māori summary version
  • Easy Read
  • NZSL
    • See video below
  • Braille
    • On request
  • Audio 
    • Click below for MP3
    • CD available on request
  • Large print

To request hard copies, Braille or Audio versions of the Youth Plan, please call (04) 916 3300 or freephone 0508 FOR MYD (367 693), or email mydinfo[at]

If you can't play the audio on your device, you can download the audio here. Size 1.43Mb.


Who is the Youth Plan for?

The Youth Plan is for rangatahi aged 12-24 years. That’s approximately 800,000* rangatahi, making up 17% of the population. However, we know that there are some groups which experienced marginalisation prior to COVID-19 and that the impacts of COVID-19 are likely to be more significant for these groups in particular. These impacts increase for those who are also navigating significant life transitions during this COVID-19 recovery.

For this reason, the Youth Plan will have a particular focus on the perspectives, experiences and outcomes of four priority groups. These are:

  • rangatahi Māori aged 17-24 years
  • Pacific young people aged 17-24 years
  • rainbow young people** aged 17-24 years
  • disabled young people aged 17-24 years.

*Based on 2018 Census

**The Youth Plan uses ‘rainbow young people’ as an umbrella term to include all rangatahi who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, gender diverse, gender fluid, transgender, takatāpui, intersex, fa’afafine, leiti, queer, or whose sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression or sex characteristics differ from majority, binary norms.

What are the Youth Plan focus areas?

The Youth Plan has four focus areas:

  1. Voice – rangatahi voices and perspectives are listened to, valued, and embedded in decision-making at all levels, particularly in decisions about COVID-19 recovery.
  2. Wellbeing – the wellbeing of rangatahi, their family and whānau, and their communities is supported and strengthened.
  3. Leadership – rangatahi are enabled to lead their own lives, have their identities seen, valued and respected, and have increasing influence in their communities and over government policy.
  4. Transformative change – government agencies work collaboratively with each other, the youth sector, communities and rangatahi to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 for rangatahi.

Youth Plan Engagement

Work on the Youth Plan began prior to COVID-19. It has been primarily informed by engagement with rangatahi and the youth sector, and collaboration with government agencies.

What we heard from rangatahi

Image with text reading Youth Plan Engagement 2019 What we heard from rangatahi and photo of young people running

In October 2019, over 1,200 rangatahi attended a hui or filled in an online survey about the Youth Plan. The feedback we received informed the development of the Youth Plan.

You can find out what we heard from rangatahi here.

What we heard from the youth sector

We held three formal hui with youth sector representatives in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. In total, over 90 people attended these hui, including youth workers, mentors, senior managers, academics, programme providers, public sector officials, philanthropic organisation representatives and funders.

You can find out what we heard from the youth sector here.

How does the Youth Plan fit with the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and other Government Plans?

The Government’s Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, launched on 29 August 2019, sets out a shared understanding of what children and young people need to be well, what government is doing, and how others can help.

The Youth Plan builds off the vision in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy; “making New Zealand the best place in the world for children and young people”. This sets out a long-term aspiration that every child and young person in Aotearoa has a good life. It drives change as part of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, which sets out the overall principles and outcomes that the Youth Plan works towards.

The Youth Plan also complements the Youth Employment Action Plan (established as part of the Employment Strategy), the Oranga Tamariki Action Plan (which is under development), the Psychosocial and Mental Wellbeing Recovery Plan, the Homelessness Action Plan, the Disability Action Plan and the National Strategy to eliminate family violence and sexual violence amongst others.

Information Release

Youth Plan Proactive Release

In July 2020, the following Cabinet paper and related Cabinet Social Wellbeing Committee and Cabinet minutes, were been proactively released by the Ministry of Youth Development – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi, on behalf of the Hon Peeni Henare, Minister for Youth:

The Youth Plan: Reporting on Progress Cabinet paper provides the first update on the progression of the Youth Plan 2020-2022: Turning Voice into Action - Rebuilding and Recovering for the period July 2020 to January 2021. Visit the Minsitry of Social Development's website for more information.