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Dreams for the Decade

Tuesday, 23 Jun 2020

Barnardos’ ‘Dreams for the Decade’ project creates a positive space to focus on children’s hopes and aspirations, things that all children should have for their futures, no matter their circumstances.

Dreams for the Decade invites tamariki and rangatahi (18 years and under) to express their hopes and dreams for the next ten years, through art, poetry or a combination of the two.  Individuals or groups can participate, including school classess. The focus is on expression, reminding our youngest generation their moemoeā (dreams) and aspirations for the future matter. Entries close 20 July 2020.

“As Aotearoa recovers from the pandemic, it’s more important than ever that our tamariki and rangatahi know that their ideas are essential to making this decade a positive one, and that brighter days are ahead,” says Dr Claire Achmad, Barnardos’ General Manager Advocacy. 

“We received some wonderful poetry and art entries from tamariki and rangatahi during the rāhui, and we are doing all we can to get the word out to as many young people as possible, so Dreams for the Decade is as inclusive as it can be. We’ve heard that some schools are using it as a class activity this term, as a way to refocus on the importance of what matters to children and teenagers.”

Barnardos intends to publish all the entries in an online collection, and is scoping opportunities to display some entries around the country, and highlight what children and young people shared in communities around Aotearoa.  

“We’re keen to collaborate with others to make this happen. As we head into this new decade we think that part of what will make it a bright one in Aotearoa is for us collectively as a country to grow our understanding of what matters to tamariki and rangatahi. The opportunity is ahead of us to work together to help bring their dreams and aspirations to fruition,” Dr Achmad says.

The closing date is 20 July 2020. Entries can be sent to Barnardos via email ( or by tagging @dreamsforthedecade on Instagram.

For further details, see and follow on Instagram @dreamsforthedecade