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Support for cultural identity


Cultural identity is an important aspect of children and young people's development, as cultural background influences how children think, learn and develop. This indicator looks at children's connection and expression of their cultural identity.

New Zealand is a multicultural country, and we protect the rights of all cultures through the New Zealand Bill of Rights Act, and as a signatory to a number of declarations and conventions.

This indicator looks at the number of children and young people who report knowing their heritage/whakapapa and having someone they can talk to about their heritage/whakapapa.

While children and young people need to know that their cultural identity and values will be accepted and respected by others, it is also important for children to have people in their lives that encourage and help develop their connection to their culture and cultural identity. Children and young people's environments should be inclusive of, and proactively support cultural identity.

This indicator will look specifically at the proportion of children and young people (aged 12-18 years) who have someone they can ask about their culture, whakapapa or ethnic group.

This indicator relates to the 'accepted, respected and connected' outcome.

How will we measure this?

  • This indicator will be measured using data from the Youth Health and Wellbeing Survey - 'WhatAboutMe?'
  • Baseline data from the survey is expected in 2021.

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Last updated: 
Thursday, 23 July 2020