Youth Week

Youth Week 2020 is on from Saturday 9 May to Sunday 17 May. The theme is:

E korero ana mātou. E whakarongo ana koutou?
We're speaking. Are you listening?

Youth Week (not) at the library

Due to restrictions around COVID-19 previously advertised events for Youth Week will not be going ahead. A selection of online events and promotions will be happening instead.

Instagram poetry competition

It's Youth Week, and in the spirit of the theme 'We're speaking, are you listening?', we are holding an Instagram poetry competition! Post an original poem using the Youth Week theme as inspiration, tag @ChristchurchLib in it, use the hashtag #instapoetrychch, and our resident youth librarian and slam poet Ray will pick a winner.

There's glory and a sweet Bluetooth speaker up for grabs, and we'll share entries on our Instagram page too! Get writing - we can't wait to read your creations.

Entries close Sunday 17 May. We will contact the winner by dm. This competition is open to Christchurch residents only. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Instagram.


Be part of history

Become part of history with the Discovery Wall! It’s our way of preserving the stories of Christchurch for future generations and we’re asking you to upload photos you’ve taken during the pandemic. Check out some of the photos that have already been submitted and photos from the 1918 Influenza Pandemic. That’s right – your photo could be kept for 100 years! 


And as part of Youth Week, we ask you to look back through your photos for moments where you spoke up. Maybe you've taken part in protests, marches, and fundraisers? Make sure what's important to you is recorded for the future.

Once Tūranga reopens, you’ll be able to view your photo on the interactive wall on the ground floor.


Sadly, we've had to cancel our Zine workshops but you can still create a zine from home!  Zines are little handmade booklets that you can fill with your thoughts, poetry, artwork, photos - basically, whatever you want. With the power of the humble photocopier, you can then share your zine with friends, family, and strangers. So check out our Zines page and get creating! 

More about Youth Week

Youth organisations and resources

Here are some websites and organisations that focus on youth issues:

Bounce is a bunch of tips, ideas and inspiration to help you live life well. Bounce is a New Zealand Red Cross project that partners with young people for young people.
Ministry of Youth Development
The Ministry of Youth Development (Te Manatu Whakahiato Taiohi) promotes the interests of young people aged between 12 and 24 years inclusive. The Ministry encourages and assists young people to be involved in the social, educational, economic and cultural development of New Zealand, both locally and nationally.
YouthLaw Aotearoa
Free national legal service for those under 25 years.
Youth Parliament
The Youth Parliament takes place every three years and 2016 was the most recent. It was an opportunity for young New Zealanders to learn about New Zealand’s democracy and influence public decision-making.
Youth health services in Christchurch
Our page on health services for young people in Christchurch.

Previous Youth Weeks

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