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 young people. 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 (MYD) - Te Manatū Whakahiato Taiohi and Sport New Zealand - Ihi Aotearoa. Events are designed to encourage young people (aged 12 to 24 years) 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.

Youth Week 2023

Youth Week 2023 will be held Monday 15 to Sunday 21 May 2023! As chosen by young people and the youth sector, Youth Week 2023 is celebrating the theme: ‘Rangatira mō āpōpō? Rangatira i tēnei rā!’ (Leaders of tomorrow? Leaders for today!).

Visit Ara Taiohi’s website for resources and keep up to date with events happening throughout Aotearoa New Zealand.

Youth Week 2023 Grant Programme

The Youth Week 2023 Grant Programme (the Programme) sought applications for youth-led and/or youth-focused initiatives/events under the Youth Week 2023 theme: ‘Rangatira mō āpōpō? Rangatira i tēnei rā!’ (Leaders of tomorrow? Leaders for today!).

Applications to the Programme were invited from community-based youth groups, including Iwi, Pasifika and migrant and refugee groups, youth development providers, organisations delivering physical activity opportunities for rangatahi, and schools and education providers, to receive funding to support youth-led initiatives during Youth Week 2023.

Visit Ara Taiohi’s website to see some of the events that are happening during Youth Week 2023!