• Supporting the Early Years System

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    Issue date: 8 Aug 2019

    Helping families and whānau to nurture their children’s brain development and build readiness for life-long learning is the Supporting the Early Years Systems (SEYS) initiative led by the Southern Initiative and invested in by the NEXT Foundation. It is...

  • Importance of early brain development - from a Māori perspective

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    Issue date: 8 Aug 2019

    Since 1998, Brainwave Trust Aotearoa has been delivering educational programmes to thousands of parents, grandparents, teachers, professionals working with whānau and tamariki, and wider communities about how early experiences influence a child’s brain...

  • Māori and Pasifika Trades Training

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    Issue date: 8 Aug 2019

    Quality employment opportunities in construction, infrastructure and allied trades are being created for young South Aucklanders who often face challenges in the labour market – those not in education, employment or training, sole parents and people who...

  • Birds, butterflies and local learning links

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    Issue date: 8 Aug 2019

    By following their children’s interest in birds and bugs, kaiako at Picton Kindergarten are helping children learn about conservation, whanaungatanga and kaitiakitanga. “Many of our families this year are involved in enviro-groups, including the Kaipupu...

  • Project Salaam (Peace)

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    Issue date: 23 Aug 2019

    Project Salaam (peace) is enabling Muslim secondary school students to participate in youth leadership development that focuses on conflict resolution underpinned by Islamic values of non-violence, compassion, kindness and forgiveness. The training aims...

  • Every child has a village

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    Issue date: 23 Aug 2019

    Powered by the sun and local volunteers, Common Unity’s off-grid, purpose-built community kitchen produces around 200 vegetarian meals every day for the Lower Hutt community. Made with 100 percent locally grown produce, half the meals are given to...

  • Creating rainbow-inclusive schools

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    Issue date: 9 Sep 2019

    A nationwide organisation is helping schools become safer and more inclusive for young people who identify as part of the rainbow community. Research in New Zealand and overseas has shown that these young people are more likely to experience bullying...

  • Young volunteer adds flair to food parcels

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    Issue date: 17 Sep 2019

    Written by Mazz Scannell, journalism student, Massey University Wellington  When a father of two came into the Masterton FoodBank and said he didn’t want a chicken because he didn’t know how to cook it, volunteer Merryn Hamilton realised there was...

  • Talking Matters - a campaign to get everyone talking to babies and young children

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    Issue date: 19 Sep 2019

    Talking Matters has a vision for all children in Aotearoa to thrive as thinkers, talkers and readers.  “Babies thrive in a rich language environment, in the language(s) of their whānau, their heritage, and their home,” says Talking Matters Campaign...

  • Enabling participation by changing our attitudes

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    Issue date: 25 Sep 2019

    Young New Zealanders with disabilities have identified discrimination and ableist attitudes as the biggest barrier to their participation in schools and communities.   This was the finding of a three-year research project, which explored the...

  • Breaking down barriers to sport

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    Issue date: 30 Sep 2019

    The first of a series of Community Sports Banks kicked off in Wellington last week, in a bid to tackle inequality and break down the barriers to sport. The Wellington City Mission initiative aims to reduce and eliminate the cost of equipment for...

  • BOUNCE – Live Life Well

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    Issue date: 3 Oct 2019

    A youth-led project, developed by young people for young people, is helping young Cantabrians live life well every day. The team at BOUNCE share wellbeing tips and advice with their peers to empower them and encourage emotional wellbeing and resilience....

  • Jack jumps into the deep-end

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    Issue date: 14 Oct 2019

    Written by Kate Green, journalism student, Massey University Wellington  Jack Prince is perched on a stool behind the counter, the cafe itself deserted. The sound of children yelling bounces and echoes around the pool on the other side of the glass...

  • Young people helping young people

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    Issue date: 23 Oct 2019

    Written by Hope Burmeister, journalism student, Massey University Wellington “Once you’re in Challenge 2000, you’re in it for life.  You’re automatically part of the whānau,” three young youth workers say.  Challenge 2000 is a youth...

  • Councils put young people at the heart of their cities

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    Issue date: 24 Oct 2019

    Councils have a broader role in fostering liveable communities, beyond simply providing 'core services' - they play an important part in providing the services, amenities and enabling the environment that supports social connection and the...

  • Bringing fresh ideas and energy to community leadership

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    Issue date: 29 Oct 2019

    Now, more than ever, community leaders are realising the positive connection between involving youth in community activities and the increase in overall community vitality and engagement. Youth bring new energy and ideas to standard issues and concerns,...

  • Connecting kids to their local habitat

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    Issue date: 4 Nov 2019

    Over one hundred children from neighbouring schools in Waikato got together to help restore habitat near Lake Whangape, as part of the recent Conservation Week. Students, staff and whānau from four local schools arrived eager to get digging and planting...

  • Parenting programme creates ripple effect in communities

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    Issue date: 11 Nov 2019

    The Real Talk parenting programme, run by Wesley Community Action, is helping bring out the best in parents and families by supporting them to connect the dots and create positive change. “Parents who’ve come from challenging backgrounds told us that...

  • Young people call for courageous conversations

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    Issue date: 19 Nov 2019

    A recent Youth Diversity Forum held in Ōtautahi Christchurch generated robust discussion, ideas and solutions for the future of race relations in Aotearoa New Zealand. Nearly a hundred young people of diverse faith and cultures from...

  • WELLfed transforming lives through food

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    Issue date: 25 Nov 2019

    A Porirua programme is using food and cooking education to create social change and empowerment – transforming lives through food.  WELLfed delivers free cooking classes which teach basic cooking skills.  Participants learn how to plan, shop,...

  • Evidence grows for benefits of mindfulness programmes

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    Issue date: 26 Nov 2019

    Over the last several decades, the evidence for the benefits of mindfulness programmes for young people (and adults) has continued to grow.  Studies all over the world show that mindfulness training is effective in boosting cognitive performance and...

  • Life-skills = work-ready skills

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    Issue date: 9 Dec 2019

    A series of short videos featuring students from Manurewa High School showcase how their life-skills are relevant to the world of work. Many young people don’t realise the wide range of skills they’ve built over time and are therefore unable to...

  • Students awarded for digital solutions

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    Issue date: 16 Dec 2019

    The national finals of the 123Tech Challenge, the tech industry's in-school challenge, showcased a wealth of innovative problem-solving talent from primary, intermediate and secondary school students around the country. The recent awards ceremony in...

  • Young entrepreneurs support child and youth wellbeing

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    Issue date: 23 Dec 2019

    The recent Young Enterprise Scheme national finals celebrated the entrepreneurial successes of secondary students from around the country, with many of the initiatives focused on improving child and youth wellbeing. The Lion Foundation Young Enterprise...

  • Bedtime stories from prison

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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...

  • Supporting early literacy success

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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...

  • Kits for kids

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    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!

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    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...