Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

The Adolescent Health Research Group (AHRG)

Our aim is to provide high quality, accurate and timely research that seeks to improve the health and wellbeing of all young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.


To achieve this goal we work on a diverse range of projects. The Youth 2000 National Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey series is our largest and most well-known project with over 27,000 young people participating over 11 years. In 2001, 2007 and 2012 representative samples of New Zealand secondary school students completed an anonymous comprehensive health and wellbeing survey. The results from these surveys give us the most comprehensive, accurate and up to date information about issues facing young people in Aotearoa, New Zealand.

We are in the process of securing funding for the fourth survey wave and hope to conduct this in 2018.

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Youth'12 Pacific Factsheet
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Key health indicators

How to read the key health indicators wheel

This graphic shows percentage change in key health indicators from 2001-2012 using Youth2000 series data

  • The inner wheel is the 2001 level for each issue.
  • Each spoke that extends out beyond that circle is represents a percentage increase in that issue.  Each one that goes inward from that circle is a percentage decrease in that issue - So if you look at parents worry about food for example that extends out from the circle- it has increased since 2001 and part time job goes inwards as this has decreased since 2001.
  • The changes that are negative are red, while the changes that are positive are green  - so for example we have a decrease in cigarette smoking and increase in adults at school caring, - both positive so both green.
  • The size of the bar shows the % change, so a 50% drop will go 50% in, while a 5% drop will go just 5% in.
  • Where there is no change or minimal change there is no coloured bar.