Youth prosperity and wellbeing

We advocate that everyone responds with urgency to support vulnerable young people. It's important that young people stay positive, connected and well. More than ever, everyone within the NZ skills ecosystem has a responsibility to contribute to this mahi.

Based on your valued opinions, information from industry experts and insights from COMET this question was sent to each political party about youth prosperity and wellbeing.  

This was their response in alphabetical order:

Tamati Quote

What would your party do differently to remove barriers to enable rangatahi to access flexible learning, training and work opportunities that will ensure their prosperity and wellbeing?  #

David Seymour

MP David Seymour 

Please refer to ACT’s policies on Education and other policies that support rangatahi into employment, on our website at

Golriz Ghahraman

MP Golriz Ghahraman

The Green Party supports the use of work-experience programmes within secondary schools to aid students’ transition to the workplace and enable students to learn in communities. The Green Party supports facilitating good relationships between schools, local businesses, and tertiary educators to ensure that students are aware of, and able to pursue, a wide range of post-school options.

Chris Hipkins

Hon. Chris Hipkins

Labour will complete our reform of the Vocational Education system. We are moving from a sector that was broken and had lost its way, to a world-leading approach that actively engages and meets the needs of industry and empowers learners to move freely between work-based and classroom-based training. As the country rebuilds and more people are looking to retrain, it’s now more important than ever that we have a vocational education system that’s responsive to the needs of industry and learners.


We will also strengthen our youth transitions system and modernise career advice in schools. Too many students are leaving schools without the support they need to make successful next step, and often without a clear idea of what they want to do. We need a stronger and more joined-up youth transitions ‘safety net’, particularly for those young people at risk of falling through the cracks. Labour will also ensure practical and consistent careers advice for all school students, starting from a younger age.

Nicola Willis

List MP Nicola Willis

We will support schools to have flexibility in the learning pathways and opportunities they offer their students, including approaches that blend trades, skills and work-place learning such as Trades Academies and the Youth Guarantee. 

Hon Tracey Martin

Hon. Tracey Martin

New Zealand First, as part of the current government, announced an increase in Gateway learner places by an additional 2000 which started this years and on the 17th June this year, as government, we announced a $380.6 million initiative which will support up to 36,000 first and second year apprentices per year.  New Zealand First has also developed the Business Linked Internship Scheme – first campaigned on in 2017 – which we believe will assist small to medium size businesses provide learning opportunities and future employees.