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Children answer the question, "What Makes A Good Life?"

Today the Office of the Children's Commissioner NZ and Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children released "What Makes A Good Life" - a report which draws together the voices of more than 6000 children and young people in New Zealand / Aotearoa.

The report found that most children and young people are enjoying many elements of wellbeing right now.

However, up to a third of the children and young people spoken to indicated they are facing challenges in some aspects of their life – with one in ten facing multiple challenges. These challenges include racism, discrimination, bullying, poverty, violence and drugs.

The report will be forwarded to the Prime Minister, who will use the voices of children and young people to feed into the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

Children and young people have valuable ideas. Their views can inform not only the Strategy but also inform practitioners and communities who want to make a difference for children and young people.

Read or download the full report here:

Here are some of the children's responses to the question, 'What Makes A Good Life?' that were sent through to the Prime Minster.

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