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Youth Week archive

Thanks to everyone who was part of Youth Week 2016!

Last year's theme was all about giving and we were blown away by all the amazing ways young people and the people who support young people are sharing their skills, knowledge, experiences and hope to make Aotearoa a better place for young people now and into the future.

You can see some of the many exciting events that happened via our photo gallery below or check out our new Championing Youth Development space for stories about the awesome work people are doing with young people in Aotearoa. If you have photos of Youth Week events that you were involved in (and permission to share them publicly) please send us an email we'd love to celebrate your work our website.

#Shareyourvoice - what young people are saying about 'Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu'

Thanks to the young people who are part of Shakti Youth for sharing their voices and ideas! 

Winning Youth Week 2016 Poster Design 

Congratulations and thank you to Jurnee Pritchard-Scouller from Hamilton Girls' High School who created this year's Youth Week poster design!

Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Competition!

We were super excited to award Ellie Cockfield (1st place), Emma Herkt (2nd place), Faga Tuigamala and Joshua Tan (Joint 3rd place) as our inaugural winners! It was amazing to hear the intention and the quality of writing from across Aotearoa! Find out more and read the judge's report too!

Find out more

Thanks to everyone who voted for this year's theme and to Wellington High Schools students who helped us fine-tune the shortlist.

Keep an eye on this page for updates. If you would like to join our Youth Week e-news send us an email

Youth Week 2016 is made possible with support from the Ministry of Youth Development and our partnership with Shakti.

Youth Week 2016

Katie Acheson from Youth Action NSW and some of the Ara Taiohi whānau Announcing the MOJO between Ara Taiohi, The Collaborative and the New Zealand Youth Mentoring Network for Involve 2018! Emma Herkt, 2nd place winner of Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Competition! Deep in conversation at Ara Taiohi's First Sector Leadership Event in Auckland Faga Tuigamala, 2nd place winner and her family of Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Competition! Ellie Cockfield, 1st place winner of Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Competition! Michael Moore, spoken word poet, youth worker and one of this year's judges for the Ara Taiohi Youth Week Spoken Word Competition! Te Ahurei a Rangatahi Uplift Crew Jared Stanford, Youthline Southland, and Tim Shadbolt, Mayor of Invercargill at the Intergenerational Quiz Getting quiz-ical at the Intergenerational Quiz held by Youthline Southland Richie Hardcore, social justice champion, and the A Team from Anamata CAFE in Taupō #NureddinAbdurahman at ChangeMakers Refugee Forum's Talent Lab - young people of refugee-background sharing their inspirational stories #NasraAbdi at ChangeMakers Refugee Forum's Talent Lab - young people of refugee-background sharing their inspirational stories #YaredKebede at ChangeMakers Refugee Forum's Talent Lab - young people of refugee-background sharing their inspirational stories Evolve's youth advisory group Pulse at their Youth Week event, Drive 2 Survive The Peace Foundation's Youth Talk! event Young people share their thoughts on #givingbackisgivingforward with HealthWest Aroha Mai, Aroha Atu - Giving Back is Giving Forward, Youth Week 2016! Fundraiser BBQ planned and run by Papatoetoe High School students Express Yourself Youth Week Exhibition and Workshops run by Toi Ora Live Art Trust Ethan Skinner, Jack Preston-Thomas and Nate Richards at the Teen Health Festival at Nelson College The presenters at Youth and Community Works' event 'Young and Inspired - Living my Dream'. Deep in conversation at RainbowYOUTH's Ngaruru Kahukura Hui

Youth Week 2015

Amigurumi @ Richmond Library, Nelson Building a spaghetti and marshmallow tower @Richmond Library, Nelson How many books can you hold, covers out? A record of 14 here! @ Richmond Library, Nelson Chess tournament: 1st Freddie Griffiths and Jack Blakemore @ Richmond Library, Nelson Youth Week display @ Total Healthcare, Palmerston North Kete made by Lynfield College taiohi for helpers in the community, Auckland Richmond Library students signing 'Celebrate Youth Week', Nelson Te Takere Youth Space crew in their Youth Week 2015 tshirts! Levin Some of our Youth Week 2015 resources! The Youth Week 2015 poster designed by Savana Beaumont from Hamilton Girls' High School The A team, Anamata Cafe's youth advisory group and their inspirational speaker, Darryl Sabin, Taupō The Peace Foundation presents: We are the Future, Auckland Rezpect Dance Workshop, part of Sounds in the Square, Hastings Young people waiting for Sounds in the Square to start, Hastings Moon ball games at We are the future, Central Hawke's Bay College Planting thoughts for the future, Central Hawke's Bay Deputy Principal of Central Hawke's Bay College, gets into the spirit of the Catwalk - Dress for the future! Number 10 Rangatahi Sports Tournament participants, Southland Players in action, Number 10 Rangatahi Sports Tournament, Southland Body, Mind, Spirit YMCA Class with their winning entry, V.O.I.C.E. Youth Week Art Exhibition, Timaru 'Youth with a heart' group entry in V.O.I.C.E. Youth Week Art Exhibition, Timaru Tu Auloa Young Pasifika, the organisers of Phresh Factor, Tauranga Tausili and her sister Shannon who won Phresh Factor, Tauranga Participants from the Wairarapa Geocaching Race A snap from the Back to the Future Youth Party, Ashburton Rotorua Youth Centre workshop in action Battle of the Schools, Rotorua Kapa haka as part of The future celebrating the past, Auckland Inter-generational event - the future celebrating the past, Auckland Amandla - Youth Week 2015, Wellington Tomorrow's Dream - Manawa ora o āpōpō, Challenge 2000, Wellington Victory's Got Talent, YMCA Nelson Youthline Wellington chalks the streets Kotahitanga, Wairoa College Waka ama, Wairoa Te Takere youth group out and about, Levin Shakti's RE-GENERATE event, check out the poems here: findyourvoicenz.tumblr.com, Auckland Getting stuck into global cuisine at Feed the Future, YMCA Southland Tu Kokiri students & the photographs they produced for Youth Week, Auckland Hakeema preparing sausages at Deaf Aotearoa's fundraiser, Auckland Performing arts event, Toi Ora Trust, Auckland CV Writing, Idea Services, Gisborne