Director of Research Dr Tanya Allport explained that while there have been other youth surveys over the past decade, they have been confined to urban areas and not solely focussed on Māori.
“Tō Ao, Tō Reo is an opportunity for young Māori across the motu to have their say and shape their future,” Dr Allport said.
The survey aims to gather insights on various aspects of young Māori lives, including their aspirations, education and health, and will use kaupapa Māori research methodologies to provide research that is relevant and appropriate to Māori.
Anyone completing the survey will also be entered in a draw to win prizes, including a PS4 Bundle, Apple Airpods, Beats Headphones, an Apple Watch, an IPhone XR and more.
By assessing the priority needs of Māori youth, the project aims to inform strategies and programme development for WOCA, regional partners and government agencies.
“The results of this study will have implications for policy across different government agencies and help inform the National Youth Strategy,” Dr Allport added. “The research should lay the groundwork for more in-depth research to explore issues and needs for Māori youth further.”