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.
- Papakura Marae offers 51 community services, including a GP clinic, weekly community dinners, and driving lessons. Now, through a growing collaboration with the Healthy Active Learning team at CLM Community Sport, the urban marae is using the draw of physical activity to connect with schools in the area in new ways.
Manurewa High School earns recognition on world education stageDeveloping a unique approach to preparing young people for their future in work is attracting international attention for Manurewa High School. Senior leaders from the school were this year invited to present at a global conference in Toronto, entitled ‘Applying Education in a Complex World’.
Tāupo Pathways - Empowerment to employmentThroughout their lives, children and young people will make many different transitions. Deciding to remain in education or take up employment or training opportunities can be one of the most important - impacting long-term social and health outcomes.
Youth Week: Celebrating the talents, passion and successes of young peopleYouth Week (15-21 May) is a nationwide festival of events organised by young New Zealanders to celebrate the talents, passion and successes of young people
Reducing the leadership opportunity divideThe Rangatahi Leadership Opportunities Database (RLOD) aims to make access to information on youth leadership opportunities more transparent, fair, and equitable for all young people in Aotearoa New Zealand..
Creating change through civics educationOne Tree Hill College in Auckland and Taita College in Lower Hutt are giving students the tools to interpret their own lived experiences and critique the way things are. They're also looking at how change can come about, and how to take action on issues they care about.
Breaking down politics into snackable, relevant bitesThe Hive, a youth-led initiative that began in 2019, has recently launched a five-part video series that aims to break down some of the stuff that can make politics confusing for young people.
New hauora video seriesConnecting with nature is one of the ways we can improve our hauora (wellbeing), and a new rangatahi-led video series aims to help spread this message.
Rangatahi express themselves through artRangatahi artists are being given the space to express their thoughts and feelings on mental health issues and suicide through creating art.