The truth about period poverty

OPINION: In February, the Youth19 research group published its findings about period poverty in New Zealand. 

For those that haven't heard of Youth19, it is the latest in a series of surveys (collectively known as Youth2000), collating and analysing data on the health and wellbeing of our rangitahi/youth.

Since the first survey in 2000, the researchers have analysed information from over 27,000 young people in high schools, Kura Kaupapa Māori, alternative education and teen parent units, collected in a robust, ethical and scientifically rigorous way.

The quality and breadth of this information has enabled not only new understandings about some of the biggest challenges facing our young people today, but also the development of some targeted strategies and services to help support them. 

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