The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet led the development of the Strategy, in collaboration with other agencies and with input from people and groups across New Zealand.
We heard from over 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. We heard from individuals and groups from a range of different backgrounds and experiences, including representatives from community groups, NGOs and central and local government, as well as members of the public.
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.
We also drew on insights from other recent public engagement, the best evidence from social science, and thinking from Māori and Pacific wellbeing models and frameworks.
A reference group of experts working in the field of child and youth wellbeing supported the development of the Strategy. Members included iwi and community development leaders and specialists in the education, child health, justice and social sectors.
Other government and children’s focussed agencies were also consulted. Further sector engagement and reference groups acted as sounding boards to test thinking as the Strategy was developed.