• Bedtime stories from prison

    Story
    Issue date: 31 Jan 2020

    Bedtime stories are a time for parents to bond with their children and share the magic of imagination but, for some people, this nightly ritual isn’t possible. On any given day, there are around 23,000 young New Zealanders living with one or more parent...

  • Bald Angels #Summer of the Mullet

    Story
    Issue date: 14 Feb 2020

    The Bald Angels, a Kerikeri based charity, is organising a fundraiser with a difference to support its work with Northland’s at-risk youth. It has teamed up with All Black Jack Goodhue, the man with New Zealand’s most famous mullet. The public can...

  • Youth Pulse Check online survey - now live

    Story
    Issue date: 20 Apr 2020

    During this pandemic, there’s a lot of uncertainty, and it’s really normal to be feeling a bit anxious, stressed or frustrated at times.  The Ministry of Youth Development (MYD) have worked collaboratively with young people, youth organisations and...

  • Young creative geniuses help reinforce COVID-19 messages

    Story
    Issue date: 21 Apr 2020

    In response to a shout-out from the NZ Police, children and young people have been putting their creativity to the test and coming up with some great ways to help keep New Zealand informed about COVID19 and how to self-isolate. Below is a selection of...

  • Youth Week 2020

    Story
    Issue date: 10 May 2020

    Aotearoa Youth Week 2020 is being celebrated, like never before - in our bubbles and online! Youth Week is an annual festival of events where we as a nation are able to celebrate our young people, their strengths, talents and resilience.  While...

  • COVID-19 response and Budget 2020 reflect ongoing commitment to child and youth wellbeing

    Story
    Issue date: 4 Jun 2020

    Investment in Budget 2020 and early actions to respond to COVID-19 build on recent investments to reduce child poverty and improve wellbeing, through the Families Package and Budgets 2018 and 2019. Since coming into office, the Government has...

  • COVID-19 response and Budget 2020 reflect ongoing commitment to child and youth wellbeing

    News
    Issue date: 4 Jun 2020

    Investment in Budget 2020 and early actions to respond to COVID-19 build on recent investments to reduce child poverty and improve wellbeing, through the Families Package and Budgets 2018 and 2019. Since coming into office, the Government has...

  • E-newsletter update - June 2020

    News
    Issue date: 5 Jun 2020

    The latest Child and Youth Wellbeing e-newsletter was sent out today. It includes an overview of the raft of recent investments that support child wellbeing and poverty reduction, including immediate actions taken to respond to COVID-19, as well as...

  • E-newsletter update - February 2020

    News
    Issue date: 27 Feb 2020

    The latest Child and Youth Wellbeing e-newsletter was sent out today. It includes progress updates on a number of the Programme of Action items.  There’s also information about the release of Stats NZ's first set of child poverty statistics, as...

  • Child Poverty Report - Budget 2020

    News
    Issue date: 14 May 2020

    The annual Child Poverty Report was released today, alongside Budget 2020.  It provides the first indication of progress on the measured rates of child poverty since the Government's targets were gazetted, based on the 2018/19 Household Economic...

  • Local Government webinar

    News
    Issue date: 21 May 2020

    We recently joined SOLGM and Local Government NZ in a webinar about the ways local government can support child and youth wellbeing as a sector. The discussion focussed on how the Strategy Framework can be used to support strategic and long term planning...

  • Supporting early literacy success

    Story
    Issue date: 19 Jun 2020

    A new series of stories for young Kiwis, released by the University of Canterbury's Child Wellbeing Research Institute, provides a perfect resource for the whole family. Many parents will have enjoyed sharing books and stories with their tamariki during...

  • Dreams for the Decade

    Story
    Issue date: 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...

  • Using a child equity lens to change things up

    Story
    Issue date: 29 Jun 2020

    Rotorua Lakes District Council has been working hard to address equity issues in their region, particularly in relation to children.  The Council’s child equity pilot project, designed to support tamariki living in deprivation, recently won the...

  • Creating a place of learning, nourishment and belonging for our tamariki

    Story
    Issue date: 2 Jul 2020

    In the remote and small community of Taneatua, Eastern Bay of Plenty, providing sustainable food security is a real and confronting challenge of everyday life. With no local supermarket, no public transport, families struggling to provide food and...

  • Child Poverty Related Indicators Report released

    News
    Issue date: 6 Jul 2020

    The Government has released the first report on the Child Poverty Related Indicators (CPRIs). These are measures related to the broader causes and consequences of child poverty. The report is a requirement of the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018, with...

  • Kits for kids

    Story
    Issue date: 24 Jul 2020

    Starting school is a proud milestone for any five-year-old. From the new school uniform through to bags, lunchboxes and stationery, it’s also an exciting time for the whole family watching their child step into the next chapter of their lives. But for...

  • Good for the pocket, the puku and the planet!

    Story
    Issue date: 3 Aug 2020

    At the heart of Papatoetoe’s town centre is The Food Hub. This community-driven project is showing the positive results of a public, private and community partnership, and highlights what’s possible when you bring together the resources of local...

  • E-newsletter update - August 2020

    News
    Issue date: 5 Aug 2020

    The latest Child and Youth Wellbeing e-newsletter was sent out today. It includes updates on the child poverty related Indicators and the child and youth wellbeing indicators, as well as the launch of the Youth Plan 2020-2022. It also features a...

  • Monitoring Report highlights progress on the Strategy's implementation

    News
    Issue date: 10 Sep 2020

    The first update on progress in implementing the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy and its accompanying actions was released today. The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy together with an initial Programme of Action was launched in August 2019. ...

  • Fake news and online safety

    Story
    Issue date: 3 Sep 2020

    Spotting misinformation and fake news is not easy and these days it’s increasing more than ever. A recent Netsafe survey found that: almost one third of us have accidentally shared fake news stories or inaccurate information one in five...

  • New resources to support child focussed, community-led activity

    Story
    Issue date: 3 Sep 2020

    A new set of resources aims to support and encourage child-focussed, community-led activity that will lead to positive change at a local level. “A community-led approach emphasises that each community is unique, has its own strengths and assets and will...

  • Poetry is back!

    Story
    Issue date: 10 Sep 2020

    White Ribbon’s annual spoken word competition is returning this year with a new twist – it will be entirely online.  The Spoken Word competition is open to all senior secondary school students, aged 15 years or older.  The theme this year is '...

  • E-newsletter update - September 2020

    News
    Issue date: 10 Sep 2020

    The latest Child and Youth Wellbeing e-newsletter was sent out today. It includes the release of the the first update on progress in implementing the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. It also features new resources to support child focussed,...

  • Future Leaders making a difference in their backyards and beyond

    Story
    Issue date: 3 Nov 2020

    When COVID-19 hit, many of the challenges faced by young people living in rural communities became even harder. But COVID also provided an opportunity for young people in the Future Leaders programme to demonstrate the quality of their leadership. “...

  • Child Poverty Related Indicators Report

    Resource
    Issue date: 6 Jul 2020

    The first report on the Child Poverty Related Indicators - measures related to the broader causes and consequences of child poverty - was released on 6 July 2020.  The report is a requirement of the Child Poverty Reduction Act 2018, with...

  • Child Poverty Report - Budget 2020

    Resource
    Issue date: 14 May 2020

    The annual Child Poverty Report was released on 14 May 2020, alongside Budget 2020.  It provides the first indication of progress on the measured rates of child poverty since the Government's targets were gazetted. The report...

  • Success for all – no-one left behind

    Story
    Issue date: 10 Nov 2020

    A coordinated, community-led initiative, based in the Gore District, is targeting children and young people who might be falling behind, through early identification and response. The Hokonui Huanui (Highway) project aims to generate shared community...

  • Monitoring Report - Implementation of Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy 1 July 2019 - 30 June 2020

    Resource
    Issue date: 10 Sep 2020

    The Monitoring of Strategy Implementation report covers the year ending June 2020 and provides updates on the actions and work programmes. It highlights how central government agencies are progressively aligning their activities to the outcomes in the...

  • Monitoring Report - progress in implementing the Strategy

    Resource
    Issue date: 10 Nov 2020

    The Monitoring of Strategy Implementation report covers the year ending June 2020 and provides updates on the actions and work programmes. It highlights how central government agencies are progressively aligning their activities to the outcomes in the...