Youth sur­vey shows val­ues count

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Young peo­ple are mak­ing a re­turn to old-fash­ioned val­ues.

A sur­vey done by Youth­town shows New Zealand’s young­sters ad­mire skill, de­ter­mi­na­tion and achieve­ment above wealth and fame.

Youth­town com­mis­sioned Point Re­search to per­form an on­line sur­vey of 800 New Zealand teens, ask­ing 55 ques­tions about their lives, re­la­tion­ships and fu­tures.

The Voice of New Zealand sur­vey aimed to re­veal more about how young peo­ple re­ally feel about them­selves, what they think and what mat­ters most to them.

Re­sults show the qual­i­ties youth ad­mire in their role mod­els are skill, suc­cess, in­tel­li­gence, per­son­al­ity, per­se­ver­ance, and val­ues and be­liefs.

The most re­spected heroes and icons are Mother Teresa, Martin Luther King, Sir Ed­mund Hil­lary, Ma­hatma Ghandi and Nel­son Man­dela.

Re­searcher Alex Wood­ley says the coun­try’s youth hold strong val­ues and aren’t sim­ply as­pir­ing to be rich and fa­mous.

‘‘It’s not Kim Kar­dashian or Paris Hil­ton they ad­mire but those who have re­ally put a lot of ef­fort into suc­cess,’’ she says.

‘‘They want to con­trib­ute to a bet­ter world and the role mod­els they are look­ing up to are dif­fer­ent from the role mod­els we are ex­pect­ing them to look up to.

‘‘The val­ues they hold strongly are re­ally pos­i­tive val­ues.’’

Mu­si­cians were rated more highly than sports­peo­ple as some­thing young peo­ple want to as­pire to.

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