YouthLaw Aotearoa

YouthLaw Aotearoa Lifehack Project



Everyone needs a little help sometimes. Children and young people are particularly vulnerable – they may be too young to know what’s going on around them or lack the ability to make their voice heard. They may struggle with knowing where to find the right help and can suffer from discrimination simply because of their age. YouthLaw Aotearoa exists to make sure children and young people get a fair go.

YouthLaw Tino Rangatiratanga Taitamariki is a free community law centre for children and young people nationwide. YouthLaw provide free legal services to anyone aged under 25 who are unable to access legal help elsewhere, or those acting on their behalf.

Find out more about YouthLaw Aotearoa and see the current website here.

Lifehack is supporting the team working behind the scenes to redevelop YouthLaw’s user experience and web interface to make it more accessible for the young people who rely on and may benefit from their knowledge and experience. The project is already underway with some exciting creative co-design workshops with rangatahi around the country to better understand how they would want to use the service proactively, or in times of crisis.

STATUS: In Development

Young people can often suffer negative experiences when they have interactions with the justice system at a young age, with their mental health and wellbeing suffering significantly due to the stress of the situation. Lifehack is supporting this project to see better outcomes for young people, as well as to learn more about how “trigger experiences” in people’s lives can set them on a path toward mental health challenges or resilience, and to investigate how creative co-design workshops can benefit future projects.