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.

My Voice Competition

Youth Week provides an opportunity for Aotearoa New Zealand to celebrate our rangatahi and recognise their creativity, innovation and strengths. In 2020, it took place between 9 and 17 May. Each year, Youth Week has a specific theme and for 2020, it was “E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou? | We’re speaking. Are you listening?”

Young people have consistently told government that they want to have their voices heard in the decisions that impact them and their future. The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) – Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi is actively working to listen to what young people have to say. MYD has an important part to play in gathering rangatahi voice to inform the actions and policies government puts in place to support them.

The My Voice competition on Instagram was for those aged between 18 and 24 years who live in Aotearoa New Zealand. We wanted young people to imagine a perfect Aotearoa New Zealand, tell us what that looks like, and what needs to change to make it happen.

Entries were judged on positive impact, passion, creativity and practicality. Kate Seagar (18) was announced as the winner of the competition with her entry on "Textile Waste in Aotearoa" - check it out!

My Voice Competition Guidelines

Who can enter:

  • Open to young people aged between 18 and 24 years who live in Aotearoa New Zealand.

We want to hear from you:

  • Submit a short video (no more than 60 seconds) or a photo with a short comment, explaining your idea on: “Imagine a perfect Aotearoa New Zealand. What does it look like, and what needs to change to make it happen?”

Get creative:

  • Be as creative as you want! You can enter using original music, dance, spoken word, TikTok, poetry, painting…however you want to tell us your ideas.

Tag and share:

  • Submit your entry on Instagram by tagging @ministryouthdevelopment and #mydmyvoicecompetition, or send by direct message (including by email to Eva.Wyles002[at], before the Competition closes at 11.59pm on 31 May 2020.


  • Be in to win! With the support of Vodafone New Zealand Foundation, be in to win a smart device, or other product(s), up to a total value of $1,500.
  • The Winner will be chosen and announced on the MYD IG channel by 7.00pm on 10 June 2020.

Entries will be judged on:

  • Positive Impact (on your community and others in Aotearoa New Zealand)
  • Passion
  • Creativity
  • Practicality (can your idea be put into action)

By entering the competition, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions outlined below.

My Voice Competition Terms and Conditions

  1. By entering the competition, each entrant will be deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions and to have agreed to be bound by them.
  2. Entrants must follow the competition instructions to enter the competition. Failure to follow the instructions and to supply all requested information by 11.59pm on 31 May 2020 will result in the entry being invalid.
  3. The Ministry of Youth Development takes no responsibility for late/lost/misdirected or incomplete entries.
  4. Only one entry will be accepted, submitted by either an individual young person (or a guardian or support person on the young person’s behalf), or by a group of young people. (Note a young person cannot be part of more than one entry submission. There is a limit of five young people in a group entry).
  5. By entering the competition, the winner/s agree/s to their name, city/town of residence, and competition entry being published on @ministryyouthdevelopment. Accepting the prize constitutes a winner’s consent to be photographed and/or interviewed by the Ministry of Youth Development for publicity purposes (which can be done in a way to protect anonymity if that is preferred). This includes reposting their content on the Ministry of Youth Development and/or Ministry of Social Development’s social media platforms and other publications.
  6. To the extent permitted by law, the Ministry of Youth Development excludes any liability it may have to the entrant/s arising directly or indirectly out of or in connection with this competition.
  7. The Ministry of Youth Development’s decisions regarding the competition are final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  8. The Ministry of Youth Development will take reasonable steps to contact the winner/s using the contact details provided with the entry. If the Ministry of Youth Development cannot contact the winner/s within three days of choosing a winner, or a winner is unable to accept the prize for reason’s outside the Ministry’s control, then the winner will forfeit the prize and the Ministry may select a new winner.
  9. Prizes are offered in partnership with the Vodafone New Zealand Foundation. A winning individual entry will receive a smart phone, or other product of their choosing, from Vodafone New Zealand up to the value of $1,500. A winning group entry (of up to five people), will receive a total prize pool value of $1,500 in Vodafone New Zealand gift cards, divided equally between group members.
  10. The prize/s are not transferable or exchangeable and cannot be redeemed for cash. If a prize or part of a prize becomes unavailable (for any reason), the Ministry of Youth Development reserves the right to limit entries, cancel or amend the prize at is own and sole discretion including providing the winner with a substitute prize, either in full or in part.
  11. The Ministry of Youth Development is not responsible for any prize that has been lost, stolen, damaged or tampered with in any way before it reaches a winner.
  12. All prizes are subject to standard terms and conditions of the company supplying the prizes.
  13. Entries will not be returned. All information provided by the entrants will be collected, used, stored, disclosed and corrected in accordance with the Privacy Act 1993. All entrants have the right to access their information and request for any personal information to be corrected. To access or request correction of your personal information please contact
  14. The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram, Facebook and/or other Social Media channels. Any information you provide in connection with the competition is provided to the Ministry of Youth Development and not to Instagram or Facebook and/or other Social Media channels.
  15. The following persons are not eligible to win any prize/s:
    • Anyone under the age of 18, or aged 25 years or older at the time of entering the competition (this will need to be verified with approved identification).
    • Anyone who is not a resident of Aotearoa New Zealand at the time of the prize draw. Anyone who works for the Ministry of Youth Development (and their immediate family members).
    • Any employee of the Ministry of Social Development.
  16. The Ministry of Youth Development reserves the right to exclude any entrant from participating at its sole discretion. The Ministry of Youth Development also reserves the right to refuse to award a prize to an entrant who is in breach of these Terms and Conditions, gained an unfair advantage in participating or won by using fraudulent means.
  17. The Ministry of Youth Development reserves the right to amend or change these Terms and Conditions at any time at its sole discretion, including extending, postponing or cancelling the competition.
  18. These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of New Zealand and shall be subject to the non-exclusive jurisdiction of the New Zealand Courts.
  19. If you are unsure about what any of these Terms and Conditions mean, please email for more information.


About Youth Week

Youth week logo

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 “E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou? | We’re speaking. Are you listening?” this year.

Youth Week 2020

Youth Week 2020 was held from 9 - 17 May 2020! The 2020 Youth Week theme is “E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou? | We’re speaking. Are you listening?”.

Traditionally, rangatahi have organised events in their communities for other young people. This year, COVID-19 impacted the usual ways that this nationwide festival is delivered.

But rangatahi rose to the challenge: from online competitions and quiz nights, to art and fitness challenges, through to virtual get-togethers and circus performances, young people were determined to connect with their peers in positive, meaningful ways.


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. This year, Ara Taiohi have designed a Youth Week journal for you to use and share with them online.

Youth Week Events

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