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New Zealand ranked 10th in global Youth Progress Index

Report shows New Zealand ranks highly in providing opportunity and offering solid foundations for wellbeing for young people, but some worrisome issues are highlighted.

Wellington, 03 March 2019 – To mark New Zealand Children’s Day, Deloitte has released the New Zealand results of the Youth Progress Index.

New Zealand ranked 10th out of 102 countries in the global index. This puts New Zealand ahead of Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States, all countries with significantly higher GDP per capita. The results demonstrate that New Zealand, compared to many other nations, is a place where young people are encouraged and supported to achieve their fullest potential.

But despite the excellent overall ranking, New Zealand’s results are mixed across the indicators and some worrisome issues are highlighted.

Deloitte New Zealand’s Social Impact Practice Leader, Adithi Pandit, explains the index measures important non-economic factors impacting the quality of life for young people under the age of thirty around the world.

“It provides an evidence base for governments like ours to focus their decision-making on what works for youth,” said Ms Pandit.

New Zealand scored well in providing opportunity and foundations of wellbeing for young people, with high rankings for our perceived low levels of corruption (2nd out of 154 countries measured), robust private property rights (2/136) and low number of air pollution attributable deaths (3/153).

New Zealand’s lowest scores came for suicide (120/154), housing affordability (115/154) and the youth employment gap (100/119).

“That we scored lower than many developing countries on these measures concerns me. It highlights the importance of investments in mental health and youth employment, and reforms to address housing affordability,” said Ms Pandit.

“The Youth Progress Index shows that continued economic growth does not necessarily translate to an increase in youth wellbeing,” Ms Pandit said.

“We need to take a more holistic view of wellbeing to ensure we are creating a society that will provide long-term and sustainable opportunity for our young people,” she adds.

“In combination with the views of young New Zealanders on wellbeing, as presented in the recently released “What makes a good life?” report from Oranga Tamariki and the Children’s Commissioner, a global youth-oriented index like the Youth Progress Index can help us to hold ourselves to account in our effort to make New Zealand the best country in the world to raise a family,” concludes Ms Pandit.

The Youth Progress Index was developed by Deloitte in collaboration with the European Youth Forum, Institute of Democracy and Electoral Assistance and OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, from 2017 data.

You can read the Youth Progress Index report and full country rankings, and download the New Zealand scorecard, at

Media Contact:

Alexandra Grace
Communications Manager
Deloitte New Zealand
04 470 3770

About the Youth Progress Index

The Youth Progress Index is a joint initiative of the European Youth Forum, Deloitte, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Social Progress Imperative, and in collaboration with the International Organisation of Employers (IOE).


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