• Representation of young people's voices

    Page

    REPRESENTATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE'S VOICES Ensuring young people feel empowered to express their views and believe that their voice matters is crucial to their involvement in civic life.  This indicator looks at young people's involvement in...

  • Making positive choices

    Page

    MAKING POSITIVE CHOICES Young people are generally more impulsive than adults due to their brain development, making them more likely to engage in risky behaviours. While some risk taking can be positive, others can have harmful consequences for...

  • Criminal offending

    Page

    CRIMINAL OFFENDING Criminal offending in childhood and young adulthood is correlated with poor current and future wellbeing in a range of areas. This indicator looks at offending rates where children and young people are the perpetrators of crime....

  • 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,...

  • Indicators

    Page

    For each outcome set out in the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, there is a set of indicators to measure progress on the outcome. As progress is made, we will add and link resources for each indicator to help you understand how far we have...

  • Quality time with parents

    Page

    QUALITY TIME WITH PARENTS Quality time helps build strong and enduring attachments between children and their parents or caregivers, and wider whānau. This indicator looks at whether children and young people believe they have enough quality...

  • 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. “...

  • About us

    Page

    This website is managed by the Child Wellbeing & Poverty Reduction Group of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. The Government wants New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a child. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, in her...

  • 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...

  • Reporting

    Page

    The legislation underpinning the Strategy ensures real public transparency and political accountability for reporting on child and youth wellbeing, including child poverty reduction.  Recent reports include:   Monitoring 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...

  • Literacy, numeracy, and science skills

    Page

    LITERACY, NUMERACY AND SCIENCE SKILLS Literacy, numeracy and science skills are foundational for children and young people's current and future wellbeing. This indicator looks at 15 year-old students' achievement in the Programme for International...

  • Engagement

    Page

    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...

  • How to get involved

    Page

    Most New Zealanders already support the wellbeing of children and young people - in their homes, marae, schools and other learning centres, churches, clubs, businesses, and in health and social services and local government. The Strategy framework...

  • 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...

  • Programme of Action

    Resource
    Issue date: 29 Aug 2019

    The Strategy includes a Programme of Action, which sets out the policies, initiatives, programmes and plans to help achieve the vision and outcomes. When launched in August 2019, the initial Programme of Action brought together more than 75 actions...

  • Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy

    Resource multipage (paged)
    Issue date: 29 Aug 2019

      Foreword Minister for Child Poverty Reduction Many of us have often heard it said that 'New Zealand is a great place to raise a family' or even that it's the 'best place in the world'. But how often do we take the time to view this statement...

  • Programme of Action

    Resource multipage (paged)
    Issue date: 29 Aug 2019

      Introduction This Programme of Action sets out the actions - policies, initiatives, programmes and plans - the Government will implement to help achieve the vision and outcomes of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy (the Strategy). It should...