About Us

Who is behind the Lowdown.

Welcome to The Lowdown, a space created with rangatahi for rangatahi. Here you can learn, express and engage around your hauora, identity, culture and mental health.

This site is still a work in progress and there is much more yet to come, so we invite you to explore and learn from what you find here today, but also don’t forget to check back again soon – we’ve got some awesome things in the works with many more opportunities for you to connect, engage and enjoy.


We would like to thank the rangatahi, creatives, experts, production teams and developers who all contributed to make this site possible. We also express our thanks to the Ministry of Health for giving this site zero-rated data, meaning that for all Spark, Skinny, Vodafone, 2degrees, Slingshot or Orcon users, nothing you view or browse on this website will use any of your mobile data and you can access it regardless of how much data you have.

Funding and Partners

The Lowdown is part of a national public health programme (the National Depression Initiative) and has been created to reduce the impact of depression on the lives of New Zealanders. It is a component of the New Zealand government’s approach to suicide prevention. The programme is shared between the Manatū Hauora and Te Whatu Ora. It is supported by our community partners, Whakarongorau Aotearoa // New Zealand Telehealth Services, Dioscuri, Aro Digital and Rush Digital.