Youth Wellbeing Survey

The Canterbury DHB is taking over responsibility for coordinating psychosocial recovery work from the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA) from 1st March 2016.

Ongoing work allocated to Community and Public Health includes responsibility for monitoring and reporting on community.

Community and Public Health will also be providing continued support via the Community in Mind Strategy and Shared Programme of Action. It also includes adjusting to emerging trends and issues.

If you’re between the ages of 12 and 24 and live in greater Christchurch, you’re part of a group that actively participates in our region as students, employees, employers and leaders: young people.

It’s important that we understand your perspectives and needs to ensure the right decisions are made for greater Christchurch’s future.

CERA ran the 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey between September and December 2013. They asked young people questions about your wellbeing, where you go for help and the positive and negative impacts of the earthquakes on you. They also asked about your future plans and what’s important to you in the recovery. In fact, maybe you were one of the people that answered. If so, thanks for your involvement!

The 2013 Youth Wellbeing Survey was developed and carried out by a working group that included the Ministry of Education, Canterbury District Health Board, Ministry of Youth Development, Christchurch City Council, Selwyn District Council, Waimakariri District Council, Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu, Natural Hazards Research Platform, the Collaborative for Research and Training in Youth Health and Development and CERA.

The working group would like to thank the following donors who provided some wonderful prizes for those completing the survey: Staples NZ, Computer Concepts Ltd, Vodafone, iTunes, The Warehouse, The Roxx, Amazon, Cassels, Liminal Apparel, Canterbury Rugby Football Union, Alcohol Drug Association New Zealand and Co Motion Mobile Disco.

What's up? Youth wellbeing survey - have your say about the rebuild.

The results of the Youth Wellbeing Survey

The results of the survey are now available following its release on 26 June 2014. You can view the full range of findings online:

The survey findings highlighted themes and needs in three key areas: emotional wellbeing, development of spaces and places and future plans and prospects. Summaries of these areas are available in three infographics:

Some key findings from the Youth Wellbeing Survey

  • The large majority of respondents (81 percent) rate their quality of life positively.
  • More than half (57 percent) agree they feel a sense of community with others in their neighbourhood.
  • 81 percent say they have someone to turn to for help if faced with serious illness, injury or for emotional support.
  • 27 percent indicate they have always or most of the time experienced stress during the past 12 months that has had a negative effect on them.
  • The two greatest stressors related to the loss of:
    • spaces and places – 73 percent report a loss and for 25 percent it has had a major negative impact on their wellbeing, and
    • sports and recreation facilities – 63 percent report a loss and for 18 percent it has had a major negative impact on their wellbeing.
  • When asked what excited them about them most about the rebuild, 19 percent of respondents indicated at least one thing that they found exciting. Places and spaces were the focus (new/modern facilities 28 percent, interesting places to hang out 10 percent, more sports and recreation facilities/opportunities 9 percent).
  • The top positives found in the survey included:
    • seeing progress being made in the rebuild – 75 percent report this as positive and for 27 percent it has had a strong positive impact on their wellbeing,
    • helping friends, family and their community – 75 percent positive, 20 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing,
    • having an improved ability to cope through the earthquakes – 73 percent positive, 28 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing),
    • being able to go to new/repaired places for entertainment – 71 percent positive, 26 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing, and
    • having a stronger sense of community – 69 percent positive, 22 percent strong positive impact on their wellbeing.
  • The majority of young people agreed that greater Christchurch provides good opportunities for future study (75 percent), employment (52 percent), careers (57 percent) and for their social lives (58 percent).

For more information, contact:

Emma Kenagy
Ph:+64 3 378 6707


Support and assistance for youth

If you need information about someone to turn to for help or support, you may find one of the groups or people below to be helpful:

  • Youthline
    Need support or want to talk? Contact us. Call 0800 376633 or Free TXT 234.
  • 298 Youth Health Centre
    Provides free medical care and counselling services for those aged 10-24yrs. Call (03) 943 9298.
  • Alcohol Drug Helpline
    Offers free confidential information, insight and support on any problem, issue or query you have about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug taking. Call 0800 787 797.
  • Your doctor / general practitioner
  • School counsellor
  • Healthline
    Free advice from trained registered nurses. Call 0800 611 116.
  • Waipuna Youth and Community Services Trust
    Offers a wide range of group and activity programmes and other support for young people aged 14-25. Call (03) 386 2159.
Page last updated: 03/10/2016

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