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.
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Read about some of the innovative community-led projects and activities from around New Zealand.
- A group of West Auckland students are learning how Maramataka (the traditional Māori lunar cycle) can affect their emotions, mood, energy, mahi (work) and taiao (the environment).
Success for all – no-one left behindA 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.
Future Leaders making a difference in their backyards and beyondWhen 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.
Poetry is back!White Ribbon’s annual spoken word competition gives young people a voice so their thoughts on family harm and violence against women can be heard. Theis year's theme is Respectful Relationships, which research shows is a protection against violence
New resources to support child focussed, community-led activityA new set of resources aims to support and encourage child-focussed, community-led activity that will lead to positive change at a local level.
Fake news and online safetyTeaching kids about what’s real and what’s not can be tricky, but it’s important they understand that just because something is online, doesn’t mean it’s true. Netsafe has new resources to tackle misinformation and help with other online challenges experienced by children and young people.
Good for the pocket, the puku and the planet!At the heart of Papatoetoe’s town centre is The Food Hub. This community-driven project highlights what’s possible when you bring together the resources of local community, traditional knowledge, private entities and local government to support a unique initiative.
Kits for kidsA Marlborough family has stepped up to help make the milestone of starting school successful, enjoyable and less stressful for those experiencing significant hardship.
Creating a place of learning, nourishment and belonging for our tamarikiIn the remote and small community of Taneatua, Eastern Bay of Plenty, the Hughes Place Garden Project is a nurturing place where whānau and friends can come together to share what they grow, as well as their knowledge and talents.