Youth run journalism designed to celebrate and unite people.

Create Happy Media:

Our magazine is run by rangatahi for rangatahi. The mainstream media doesn't always get our stories correct, as adults are telling them from an outside perspective. So we took the power back and started our own media outlet. We created a platform for Gen Z in Aotearoa - because your voice and your stories matter.








Gen Z content. Gen Z spirit. Gen Z run.

We have 35+ journalists, poets, photographers and artists who run and create the magazine, supported by Every Body is a Treasure Trust. We do the whole thing online with youth from Tāmaki Makaurau Auckland all the way down to Murihiku Southland. Many of us have never actually met in person, but we have all become friends creating this magazine for you.

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Note from the Editor

Kia ora readers,

Thank you for joining us for the 2023 Grit Edition of the Create Happy Magazine.

Within these pages, we have an array of incredible stories of courage, determination, and persistence that show the strength and mana of rangatahi in Aotearoa. Stories of overcoming lifelong fears, bringing education and advocacy to other young people, and of winning the battle against your own mind. Stories that, we hope, resonate with you long after the final page is turned.

The Grit Edition is a celebration of resilience, of survival, of success. Of enduring struggle that threatens to tear you down, but beating it, and emerging stronger and brighter than ever. It's the dirty work that goes into making our world a better place, the work that we don't always get to see.

Right now, Grit is more important than ever. For many people, 2023 has brought challenges and struggles that we did not ever believe we would have to endure. Challenges that even for the strongest of us, threaten to drown us. When faced with these, when faced with so many hurdles, it can feel as if we have no hope and that the work of so many, to improve our world, was futile. This is why the stories of this Grit Edition are so crucial. To serve as a reminder that despite the challenge, we will always prevail. That no matter how many times we are torn down, we are always able to rise again.

We hope that these stories help you to see the other side of rangatahi in this country, the side that isn't always properly represented. We hope you are inspired, and that you go out and challenge the narratives aiming to define you.

x Cassie Taulelei
Interim Co-Editor

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Back Catalogue

Aroha Edition - September '23

Innovation Edition - June '23

Impact Edition - March '23

Grit Edition - December '22

Aroha Edition - September '22

Innovation Edition - June '22

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