Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences

Youth 2000 - survey conducted in 2001

In total, 12,934 students were invited to participate in the survey. Three-quarters (9,699) agreed to take part; this represents 4.0% of the total 2001 New Zealand secondary school roll.


This was the first survey of its kind in New Zealand and the findings have provided up-to-date information to policymakers, educators, health providers and communities working to improve the opportunities for healthy development for all young people in New Zealand. The survey covered a wide range of health-related areas and the results went beyond simply producing a list of problems and instead offered valuable insights into the positive aspects of young people’s lives and the factors that contribute to keeping them well.

Youth 2000 Funder: The Health Research Council of New Zealand.

Dr Peter Watson was the Principal Investigator for the 2001 survey wave. Please contact him if you have any questions regarding the 2001 survey.


  • Sampling Strategy: In 2001, New Zealand had 389 schools with more than 50 students enrolled in years 9 to 13 (ages 12 to 18 years). One third of these schools (133) were randomly selected and invited to participate in Youth2000. In total, 114 (85.7%) schools, from Kaitaia to Invercargill, took part in the survey.
  • Of the participating schools, 70.2% (80/114) were state funded, 23.7% (27/114) were state integrated (previously private, now receiving state funding to deliver New Zealand Curriculum) and 6.1% (7/114) were private. Almost one third of schools (32.5%) were situated in a rural setting. Overall, schools were enthusiastic about participating.

Youth’01 publications

To view reports, journal articles, media items and ‘other’ resources, such as powerpoints and posters, which are related to the Youth’01 survey please click on the following links.

If you would like to view publications relating to other years, or to a specific topic please got to Youth 2000 publications