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Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy launched

New Zealand’s first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is bold and ambitious

Today the Prime Minister and Minister for Children launched the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy at Kaitao School in Rotorua. The Strategy’s vision is for New Zealand to be the best place in the world for children and young people. The Strategy provides a shared understanding of what children and young people want and need to live a good life.

The Strategy was developed with the help of over 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people. See the Strategy in a range of formats

Message from the PM

The Prime Minister has a message for her aspirations to lift the wellbeing of young New Zealanders, and inviting you to tell us the things that could be done in local community, to improve the lives of children and young people. See the video message

A good life for ALL children and young people New Zealand should be a place where all children and young people are loved, confident, happy and healthy, and reach their full potential.

While most young New Zealanders are doing well, the distressing reality is that many are not experiencing anything close to a good life. The Strategy will set the direction and provide a framework to drive government policy and action for child and youth wellbeing. The Strategy places a particular focus on those experiencing poverty and those with greater needs. It also has a strong focus on improving for tamariki and rangatahi Māori.

Programme of Action

The Strategy includes a Current Programme of Action which sets out Government’s policies, initiatives, programmes and plans to help achieve the vision and six child and youth wellbeing outcomes. The Programme of Action brings together more than 75 actions and 49 supporting actions led by 20 government agencies. These actions are backed by around $3.5 billion in funding to improve child wellbeing from Budget 2019.

Free healthy school lunches

Also announced alongside the Strategy is a free healthy school lunch programme to primary and intermediate aged students in schools with high levels of socio-economic disadvantage.

The new programme will initially roll out to all Year 1-8 students in 30 schools that will be part of a nationwide trial, extending to 21,000 children in 120 schools by the beginning of 2021.

Collective action

Together, we can make New Zealand, Aotearoa the best place in the world for children and young people

Organisations are invited to align their planning and actions to the outcomes and principles in the Strategy, think about how they can ensure children and young people’s voices are heard, and consider how they can work collectively with others to better to support children, young people, their families and whānau.

Government is committed to working with iwi, community, philanthropic, local government and business sectors to better support and facilitate all the excellent work they continue to do for our children and young people.

Find out more about how you can be involved

Sharing your ideas

If you made a submission on the Strategy, and gave permission for it to be shared, your submission has now been uploaded to this website.

Send us your ideas or feedback, or let us know about innovative and community-led initiatives. We'd love to hear from you!

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