Reports about young people in Aotearoa
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 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.
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
Youth2000 - Victoria University of Wellington, AUT, and University of Otago, 2019
An ongoing survey on young people in NZ. Particular reports of interest include:
- What should be changed to support young people? The voices of young people involved with Oranga Tamariki
- Young people with disabilities
- East Asian, South Asian, Chinese, and Indian Students in Aotearoa
- Negotiating Multiple Identities: Intersecting Identities among Māori, Pacific, Rainbow and Disabled Young People
- Rainbow Young People with a Disability or Chronic Condition
- Pacific young people with a disability or chronic condition
- Rangatahi Māori with a disability or chronic condition
- Sexual and reproductive health of NZ Secondary School Students
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 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.
Office of the Childrens Commisioner
A collection of reports issued by the Office of the Children’s Commissioner. Some key reports include:
- Our Kind of School
- What Makes a Good Life for Disabled Children and Young People?
- What Makes a Good Life for Tamariki and Rangatahi Māori?
- Life in Lockdown
- What makes a good life for young parents (U18)
- What makes a good life
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.
Report Card gives New Zealand an F for failure when it comes to wellbeing outcomes for 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.
Children wellbeing & poverty reduction group, 2020
Annual report on the progress towards the Government’s Child, Youth, and Wellbeing strategy.
Education and Employment
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.
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.
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.
Māori Futures Collective, 2022
Relational based practices for strengthening cultural connectedness for Māori learners in trades training, agriculture, and the polytechnic sector.
Ministry of Youth Development
Justice and Social Services
Ministry of Justice
Ministry of Social Development
Ministry of Justice