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Youth Week poster design

Youth Week is about celebrating young people and that's why we are SUPER excited to announce that the Youth Week Poster competition is returning for 2019! Youth Week 2019 will run from 18 - 26 May!

Young people from schools, youth groups and organisations across the country design posters for the campaign that connect to the theme: “We are more than what you see!”, “He wai hōhonu a mātou” (literally, we are deep waters, thus referring to unseen depths).

The theme  must be featured in the poster in English and Te Reo. 

We then ask young people and their communities to vote on their favourite design which will get printed for posters! The winning poster is printed and sent to across the country to be plastered up in schools, libraries and community halls. It will also be available for people to download here on our website.

If you are interested in seeing an example of how NCEA unit standards (Level 2 VISUAL ART (ART223) 2.3 Design Assessment Activity) have been used in the past, please email Shannan at youthweek@arataiohi.org.nz.

Our Youth Week 2018 winning design was submitted by Jordan Slater! 

Jordan Slater, 24

The Silhouette images were chosen to depict the people and their life choices. The grey people were chosen to represent that that there was more than one choice and more than one person. The bold person in the front is there to represent you as a person and your choice; also this person is holding the 2018 slogan for Youth Week 2018. Background image was chosen again to represent the choices and reaching the stars to achieve your goals in life.

Originally from Matamata and moved to Kaitaia in 2003. I am a part time volunteer youth advocate/youth worker who lives in a small town called Kaitaia. Once a week, I help organise St John Youth Kaitaia Division and educate Blue Group in a specified badge; this term they are learning about the environment if anyone is interested. During my time as a youth advocate, I have shared my views for adult & youth equality in the Decision Making Process, planned Youth events & Workshops and other youth activities in the community since 2015. We do not have much but we make do with what we have. 

Since jobs in Northland are scarce, I have started up a business in Graphic and Web Design called Slater Designs. There is a lot of interest but business is slow. To fill in time, I tend to design posters based on public holidays and youth work. Since I am involved in youth advocacy and youth work in the community, I was made aware of this competition through a regular contact. Being from Kaitaia, we have a saying ‘running off the fumes of an oily rag’; we tend to pick up new skills on the way to make ends meet and this is the origins of my skills in poster design.


A Poster Pack will be released in the new year and will include:

  • Information Sheet (Poster Brief)
  • Templates .png and .psd
  • Logos to be included

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