Reports about young people in Aotearoa


Official stats about children

Stats NZ

Statistics about children give you information about the age, sex, ethnic affiliations, languages spoken, and place of birth of New Zealand children, as well as where they live and the types of household they live in.

Measuring child poverty: Concepts and definitions

Stats NZ

Measuring child poverty: Concepts and definitions explains the terms used in calculating child poverty measures in New Zealand.

This edition of Measuring child poverty: Concepts and definitions was updated in February 2021 to include definitions for disabled child and disabled adult. These additions reflect changes in our data collection made to improve the level of precision in measuring child poverty, required in the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018.

OHI Data Navigator

Vodafone Foundation Aotearoa

Data Navigator is a free interactive platform which draws on government and community data. This tool will allow users to explore population-level data to improve and inform their work.

We can explore, for example, how young people living in a particular area are faring in areas like education, health, housing, income, and employment. It can also tell us how often these rangatahi are interacting with protective services or the justice system; how they perceive their own level of wellbeing, their cultural identity, and their level of social connectedness.

Health and Wellbeing

Youth 19 Youth Survey

Youth2000 - Victoria University of Wellington, AUT, and University of Otago, 2019

An ongoing survey on young people in NZ. Particular reports of interest include:

Health & Wellbeing for of under 15 year olds in NZ

University of Otago, 2018

In this report the New Zealand Child and Youth Epidemiology Service (NZCYES) provides data and information to contribute to the effective planning and funding of services to improve, promote and protect the health and wellbeing of New Zealand children. The indicators of child health and wellbeing in this report cover the under-15 age group, with a focus on the school years. Indicators reported on in 2017 had a focus on the first five years of life. The 2019 report will extend further along the life course, to age 24 years.

Child Poverty Reports

Child Poverty Action Group

CPAG publishes a range of reports on topics relating to children. These can be downloaded for free.

Children can’t live on promises: A 2021 stocktake of implementation of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group’s 2019 recommendations

Child Poverty Action Group, 2021

This report serves as an update of progress toward the Government’s vision since our initial stocktake of WEAG recommendations in November 2020. There have been some positive announcements in the year to November 2021 which will have some, albeit modest, impact on the lives of some children and tamariki living in low-income households.

Where will we live in the future?: Research into the Unmet Housing Needs of People with Disabilities, their Family and Whānau

Disability Connect 2021

Research into the unmet housing needs of people with disabilities, their family and whānau.

Childrens Commissioner Reports

Office of the Childrens Commisioner

A collection of reports issued by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Some key reports include:

Child Poverty Monitor

University of Otago, 2020

This eighth annual Child Poverty Monitor updates progress made toward a society where every child is valued and enjoys their right to thrive and achieve their potential. This report uses a variety of data sources to measure indicators and impacts of poverty for households with children. Data in this report mostly precede the significant impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the effects of the actions taken by the New Zealand Government to eliminate community transmission of the novel coronavirus.

NZ is failing its children

Unicef, 2020

Report Card gives New Zealand an F for failure when it comes to wellbeing outcomes for children.

Housing, Health and the Wellbeing of Children

Motu Economic and Public Policy Research, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, and the University of Otago, 2021

The Housing, Health, and the Well-being of Children study uses Growing Up in New Zealand (GUiNZ) data from 2010/11 to investigate the relationship between indoor damp, mould, cold, and household crowding and the health outcomes of young children exposed to those conditions in Aotearoa.

Child & youth wellbeing strategy annual report 2019 - 2020

Children wellbeing & poverty reduction group, 2020

Annual report on the progress towards the Government’s Child, Youth, and Wellbeing strategy.

Education and Employment

Unlocking the Enormous Potential of Neurodiverse Learners

Neurodiversity in Education Coalition, 2023

Unlocking the Enormous Potential of Neurodiverse Learners is a white paper that sets out the failures of our education system to provide for the needs of neurodiverse learners and its massive social and economic cost.

It calls for a whole-of-system, fully-resourced, long-term change process, across every level of the education system.

Youth Enterprise in NZ

Ministry of Youth Development and The Prince’s Trust Aotearoa, 2021

We know young people are among the hardest hit in the post COVID-19 work environment. This is an opportunity to explore the expanding youth enterprise and entrepreneurship education space to accelerate improved outcomes for rangatahi.

Ka Whati te Tai: A Generation Disrupted, Challenges and opportunities for Maori post COVID

Ngāi Tahu and Berl, 2020

This work fits into a series of Māori futures research assignments we are undertaking in partnership with Tokona te Raki (of Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu). This report is in response to COVID-19, but also follows on from the work we completed on income inequality for Māori and investigating the education pipeline for rangatahi. Following on from this work will be a report on futures that work for Māori.

Ngā Tapuae

Māori Futures Collective, 2022

Relational based practices for strengthening cultural connectedness for Māori learners in trades training, agriculture, and the polytechnic sector.

Youth Participation Research and Websites

Ministry of Youth Development

Justice and Social Services

Children and young people in court

Ministry of Justice

Children’s contact with MSD

Ministry of Social Development

Youth Justice indicators Summary Report

Ministry of Justice

Oranga Tamariki research

Oranga Tamariki