To develop the draft framework for the Strategy, and to help determine where government should focus its efforts, we drew together thinking from wellbeing models and frameworks, the best evidence from social science, and input from thousands of New Zealanders.
With the support of partner agencies, we've engaged with and/or received feedback from more than 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. The engagement process included multiple meetings, focus groups, child and adult surveys, postcards to the Prime Minister and written submissions.
Input included people sharing their values, personal experiences, stories, and research, analysis, relevant material, and/or comments on child and youth wellbeing. In particular, we made a real effort to hear from children and young people, Māori and iwi groups, and those whose voices are less often heard.
A full report summarising New Zealanders’ input received during this engagement is available along with specific reports from the engagement with children and young people, and with iwi and Māori groups. Findings from recent consultation processes such as the education conversation and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction have also been taken into account.