Prime Minister’s Youth Programme

The Prime Minister's Youth Programme is for young people aged 14 - 17 years old from Auckland who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward or who are showing the potential to do so. For example, young people who have moved away from low levels of offending, truancy or poor academic performance and have made a sustained attempt to make positive life changes.

Prime Minister's Youth Programme Overview

PMYP Village Participants

This week is about rewarding young people and also investing in their continued personal development. Participants get to experience a range of different activities, access a number of development opportunities, and meet inspirational New Zealanders.

Participants take part in a range of diffrent activities designed to develop life skills, in the past these have included workshops at the Warehouse distribution centre in Wiri and the Cut Above Academy. One group attended the AUT Culinary School Experience. The workshop focused on creativity, food preparation, customer service, and experiencing what employment in the hospitality sector entails. It provides a great insight into further education and potential career paths. Another group attended an AMP Financial Literacy workshop designed to raise awareness and capability in budget management.

As well as learning new skills, there is still plenty of time for making new friends through team building and gaining new experiences like rope climbing, sailing and many more.

The programme is an important time to recognise and celebrate this group of young New Zealanders who, despite incredible challenges, are doing very well. This programme is all about investing in them to build capability and resilience so that they can thrive now and into the future.

How are young people selected for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018?

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Young people can be nominated to attend the programme by those that work with them. This could include a school principal or teacher, youth or social worker, Police Youth Aid officer, or other community members.

Nominations will be opening soon.

When will the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018 be held?

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For The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme 2018 you will:

  • have a meet and greet day summer holiday (2017) to meet the other young people on your programme
  • attend a four day programme  - Monday 22 January to Thursday 25 January 2018 - where you will experience a range of different activities, access a number of development opportunities, meet inspirational New Zealanders and identify goals for the future
  • access to mentoring sessions for three months to continue to help you work towards your goals
  • have the opportunity to attend three catch up days with the rest of the young people over Feburary, March and April. 

Who can be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme?


The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participants come from a diverse range of backgrounds and circumstances. The Prime Minister’s Youth Programme is a recognition for young people who have faced challenges in their lives and are now positively moving forward, or who are showing the potential to do so.

Programme participants must:

  • be aged 14 - 17 (inclusive)
  • live, work or attend school in South, West and Central Auckland
  • be available to participate in the programme in January
  • not be a previous Prime Minister’s Youth Programme participant.

An ideal candidate for the programme will be a young person who has:

  • faced and is managing challenges in their life
  • made positive steps, such as moving away from low-level offending, truancy or has made improvements in their academic performance, for a period of time, and will benefit from participating in the programme

Which areas of Auckland are included?


Young people who live, work or attend school in South, West and Central Auckland are eligible to be nominated for the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme.

The geographic area for eligibility has been worked out by local authority wards, including:

  • Albert-Eden-Roskill Ward
  • Manukau Ward
  • Manurewa-Papakura Ward
  • Waitäkere Ward
  • Whau Ward
  • Waitematä and Gulf Ward
  • Maungakiekie Tamaki Ward

Maps outlining these boundaries can be found on the Auckland Council Website

    Experience of past participants


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    In 2017, 99 young people participated in the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme (PMYP) which took place from 23-27 January. New Zealand Bluelight Limited, The Village Community Services Trust and YouthTown Incorporated are the key youth-focused organisations that supported the young people during the week’s activities. These organisations are available to provide mentoring support to participants for three months afterwards.

    One participant commented “This week has been amazing and has given the opportunity for myself and other young people to have the chance to overcome obstacles, meet new friends, and learn about yourself! I've enjoyed this week so much and I have enjoyed all the people and leaders. I've learnt new life skills and things to help me in the future and I'd like to thank everyone who made this week happen! I really enjoyed it.”

    The PMYP also involves a Celebration Dinner where the young people were recognised for their achievements and received their certificates. In 2017 Paralympic double record-holder and double Gold medal winner, and recipient of the Halberg Award 2017, Disabled Sportsperson of the Year Award, Liam Malone, was the guest speaker.

    For more information on nominating a young person for the the Prime Minister’s Youth Programme contact or 0508 367 693