Due to the time constraints on this research project and the overwhelming call we had from the young people we spoke to to hear more from them and involve them in decision making, we will not be making any specific policy recommendations at this time.

However, we do want to share what the young people we spoke to said they would like to see changed to support their happiness and wellbeing in our survey:

If you use a screenreader, you can access all of the data in Google Sheets here

Please note: Answers with less than 50 responses have not been included.

When asked what they love most about Aotearoa New Zealand, young people said:

Love of Aotearoa

When asked what a good life looks like, they said:

Good life in NZ

If we take those responses and the insights we gathered from the workshops and interviews, we could summarise the collective hopes and aspirations of the young people who took part in our research process in the following vision statement:

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.