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Youth Week 2016

Youth Week 2016

Youth Week happens 21-29 May 2016 - now's the time to get thinking about events, activities and opportunities where you can champion young people and youth development! 

This year's theme is all about giving: whether it's the way you support your family, your friends or your community, whether you it's the volunteer work you do, the help you give to your neighbours or the way you create space for others who are different from you,whether it's about sharing your opinions, your voice, your stories or casting your vote when you have the opportunity. This year we want to hear about what you give and the gifts you receive - the hands, hearts and energy that have helped you on your journey. 

For the older generation it's about how we engage with the young people in our lives - whether it's sharing our stories, supporting them to achieve their dreams or being a listening ear when life gets tough. 

It's also about celebrating what all the people who work with young people bring to support our young people and our communities in Aotearoa. To celebrate we are launching the new section of our website which showcases examples of great practice across the country. Share your story or nominate someone else

#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! 

Announcing the winner of the 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! To make sure you get your copy email us your postal address

Are you planning a Youth Week event?

We'd love to hear about it and promote the awesome work you are doing!

Share your event here!

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

Thank you to everyone who entered Ara Taiohi's first ever Youth Week Spoken Word Poetry Competition!

We're really excited about the entries we received and will be announcing the results during Youth Week 2016. There are some awesome prizes for the top three entries!

Find out more

 

Want some Youth Week resources?

Send us an email with your physical address and we'll make sure you get a pack in the mail in April!

I want Youth Week resources

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.

Thank you to everyone who got involved with Youth Week 2015!

From 23-31 May 2015 we celebrated 'We are the future/Kō tātau te ao o āpōpō.'

Ara Taiohi Youth Week is about recognising the amazing contributions and achievements of young people in New Zealand. We loved seeing the different ways local communities developed events and activities that valued, supported and affirmed the diversity of young people in our society.

Check out our Youth Week 2015 photo gallery below to learn about all the great events that happened around the country or check our Youth Week resources to learn more about Youth Week 2015.

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.

Ara Taiohi Youth Week 2015 was supported by the Ministry of Youth Development, Deaf Aotearoa, Magnet and Adprint Ltd.

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

Youth Week 2014

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Youth Week 2013

River rafting – Tawarewa High School/Kawerau Bluelight River rafting – Tawarewa High School/Kawerau Bluelight River rafting – Tawarewa High School/Kawerau Bluelight Legends BBQ – HealthWest Legends BBQ – HealthWest Legends day – Challenge 2000 Legends day – Challenge 2000 Local heros – Masterton District Council Local heros – Masterton District Council Legend T-shirt designs – Central Otago District Council Legend T-shirt designs – Central Otago District Council Legend T-shirt designs – Central Otago District Council Legend T-shirt designs – Central Otago District Council Live like a legend art workshops and exhibition --Youth Alley. Live like a legend art workshops and exhibition -- Youth Alley. Live like a legend art workshops and exhibition -- Youth Alley. Live like a legend art workshops and exhibition -- Youth Alley. Youthline Palmerston North Youthline Palmerston North

Youth Week 2012

Youth Week Celebrations - Paeroa Community Support Trust, Waikato Youth Week Celebrations - Paeroa Community Support Trust, Waikato Amazing Youth Amazing Race - Te Hapua, Kaitaia Western Institute of Technology, Taranaki We Speak 2012 - OYC & White Elephant Trust, Christchurch We Speak 2012 - OYC & White Elephant Trust, Christchurch Love the skin you’re in dance – Northern Skaters, Whangarei Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Waikato Waka Ama Sports Tararua Community Youth Services Tararua Community Youth Services Tararua Community Youth Services Tararua Community Youth Services Tararua Community Youth Services