New Zealanders who helped develop the strategy said it must be bigger than government.
Three-quarters of New Zealanders agree that everyone has responsibility to care for children and young people in their community. In fact, most people already support the wellbeing of children, young people and their families every day in their homes, their work and their neighbourhoods.
One way of thinking about the diﬀerent roles and responsibilities for children and young people is the ‘ecological’ model presented here. It shows the diﬀerent levels of social inﬂuences around a child (adapted from Bronfenbrenner’s Ecological Systems Theory).
When implementing the Strategy, we need to draw on the knowledge, insights and interest of children and families, local government, iwi, non-governmental organisations, business and community sectors and learn from successful community-led initiatives.
The Strategy can also guide those working with children and young people about what they want and need to live a good life and where greater focus is needed.
Find out more about how you can get involved.
Read about some of the innovative community-led projects and activities from around New Zealand.
- A Manawatu-based grassroots organisation, MentorED, is collaborating with schools and other NGOs to bring about better outcomes for tamariki.
Puāwai – Supporting young people to thriveYoung people from marginalised communities are being given the opportunity to blossom, thanks to a Christchurch-based youth leadership programme
Active Whakapapa leads the way in West AucklandAlmost 900 people took part in a series of hikoi, that aimed to connect participants to the place they call home by sharing the history of Mana Whenua while traversing the whenua.
Creating a home away from home in public librariesA commitment to manaakitanga and aroha, and a dedicated public kitchen, has helped transform the Takanini local library into a more whānau-friendly space.
Clowning around helps keep tamariki active and connectedA West Auckland primary school has taken a novel approach over lockdown to help keep its students healthy, active and connected.
Young Pasifika – Here to help!Young Pasifika are playing a key part in helping to alleviate some of the impacts of the latest Covid-19 outbreak in their South Auckland community.
Brain Development Collective WānangaIn partnership with The Workshop, the Child Wellbeing Unit facilitated a two-day wānanga to deepen understanding of brain development and how to support it.
Magic Play Box creates outside-the-box thinkingA Magic Play Box, containing a range of upcycled materials such as rope, pipes, wheels, crates and wood, is encouraging Apanui School students to explore their imagination through free and unstructured play.
Students leading the way for a healthy futureTake up water and put down the fizzy drink! That’s the wero that 52 West Auckland schools have accepted, ending the consumption of sugary drinks and elevating the importance of wai through a student-led approach.