Donate to help our taiohi (young people) flourish
We just released a report that gathers the views of more than 1,000 young people on what wellbeing looks like, and how those in power can make change to ensure every young person in Aotearoa New Zealand is flourishing.
The nine broad themes that rose to the top in the research were:
- The young people we spoke to want better, more accessible mental health services, education and support specifically for young people
- Young people we spoke to highlighted economic insecurity, unaffordable housing, student debt and insecure low paid work as significant contributors to their anxiety and stress. Many want a kinder, fairer economy and meaningful secure work
- Almost half of the young people we surveyed chose “body image” as one of their biggest concerns. We think this should concern us
- The young people we engaged want to see an end to oppression of all kinds - no more racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia or ableism
- The young people we spoke with love Aotearoa New Zealand’s natural environment, and they’re worried we’re not doing enough to protect it or our planet
- The young people we spoke to value accessible and affordable education, but they worry they are not being equipped with the life skills and knowledge they need to be flourishing in the 21st century
- Young people have grown up in the era of the individual, but the taiohi we spoke to carry an innate desire for community and communal spaces
- Young people need more great role models in their community, on TV and in positions of power and leadership
- Young people should be taught about how to go about making change in their community and country, and people in positions of power need to get better at listening and being responsive
If we take the insights we gathered from the 1,045 survey responses, 16 workshops and 12 interviews, we could summarise the collective hopes and aspirations of the young people we spoke to as this:
We want an Aotearoa New Zealand that is clean, green and beautiful. We believe New Zealand should be a country that values diversity, kindness, inclusivity and looking after one another. A country that nurtures life and nature, and takes action on climate change.
We believe every person should have access to great mental health services; affordable, accessible and excellent education; secure fulfilling work with supportive colleagues and employers and warm comfortable secure housing. Our economic system should be fair. Everyone should have enough money to flourish.
People should be able to spend quality time with friends and whānau, and quality time in nature. We should have well-resourced community spaces where we can come together to connect across generations and to people our own age. Places where we can have fun.
We like that New Zealand does not have guns, snakes, high levels of crime or war. We also want an end to racism, sexism, ableism, transphobia, xenophobia and homophobia.
We believe young people should be supported to explore their identity, gain a sense of belonging and purpose without feeling pressured. We should learn about other cultures, sexualities and gender identities as a way to build understanding.
We want great role models. We want authentic and consistent people in our lives that encourage us to believe in ourselves and love our bodies.
We want to be taught life skills that will help us succeed in the 21st century, participate as citizens, engage in healthy relationships while also learning about our historic past.
We need people, processes and systems that support our mental, physical, spiritual, economic, cultural and social wellbeing.
When our tamaiti (children) and our taiohi (young people) are living their best lives, Aotearoa is a better place for pāke (adults) and kaumātua (elders) too.
We ask those with the power to make this vision a reality to please do so.
We think this is a beautiful vision. Now we need to work together to make it happen.
We want to get this report in front of every single MP and media outlet. We want to run workshops to train young people to be effective campaigners for change. We want to make sure that young people vote in big numbers in next year’s local election and the general election after that. We want to support more young people to run for positions of leadership.
Right now, only two of our 120 MPs and less than 1% of our councillors are under the age of 30. Despite young people making up roughly 30% of the population. It’s going to require a long-term, people-powered and coordinated effort to change this.
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