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Voice of Rangatahi report 2022

Tuesday, May 3, 2022

The aim of the 2021 Voice of Rangatahi survey was to gain insights into the physical activity patterns of Bay of Plenty rangatahi, and understand how they participate in and out of school.

Regional and national data shows time spent being active typically peaks at age 12 before dramatically declining and failing to rebound throughout a person’s life.1 A key strategic focus for Sport Bay of Plenty is therefore to support rangatahi aged 15 to 17 to be more active.

The Bay of Plenty Voice of Rangatahi report highlights:

  • Weekly participation (based on time)
  • The activities rangatahi are currently doing or would like to try
  • Insights into the school environment such as communication methods, engagement in various physical activities at school and levels of satisfaction
  • Attitudes, barriers and experiences.

The survey had a sample size that overall represented 15 per cent of Waiariki-Bay of Plenty’s ranagatahi population. Seventeen per cent of Central Bay rangatahi were surveyed, 14.5 per cent across Western Bay of Plenty and 18 per cent in Eastern Bay. This was a statistically significant sample size with a 95% confidence level.

Thank you to the following schools for taking part: Aquinas College, Mount Maunganui College, Otumoetai College, Tauranga Girls’ College, John Paul College, Reporoa College, Rotorua Lakes High School, Tarawera High School, Edgecumbe College, Ōpōtiki College and Whakatāne High School.

Key findings

  • Only 16 per cent of Bay of Plenty Rangatahi are meeting physical activity guidelines (active for at least 60 minutes every day)
  • Male rangatahi are far more likely to participate in physical activity compared to their female peers
  • Rangatahi physical activity levels decline in years 11, 12 and 13
  • Rangatahi mostly use passive transport (like a car or bus) to get to and from school
  • There is a high level of satisfaction with school P.E. and physical activities
  • 14 per cent of rangatahi would like to have a greater range of activities on offer at school
  • Activities that young people want (dance, tennis, workouts, trampoline and surfing) don’t feature as the top activities that rangatahi participate in at school
  • Young people are just as likely to be active with their friends during break time as they are to participate in one-off school events like athletics days
  • High levels of confidence, competence and motivation have big impacts on rangatahi’s physical activity levels.

Over the past 7 days, on how many days were you physically active for a total of at least 60 minutes per day?

VoR_Time spent being active

Although higher than the national average of seven per cent, there is still a large proportion of rangatahi (84 per cent) who are not active enough to meet physical activity guidelines.

Read the Voice of Rangatahi report

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