Find out the latest news relating to child poverty reduction and Aotearoa New Zealand's first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy.

Update: December 2022

We know that collective action and ownership of the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is key to us achieving our ambition for Aotearoa to be the best place in the world to be a child or young person.  The recent review of the Strategy provides a clear direction and guide for our collective efforts.

The Review also highlighted that we need to have a strong focus on the underlying drivers of child wellbeing, including continuing to reduce child poverty, supporting child and youth mental wellbeing and addressing racism, discrimination and stigma.  These areas, along with making sure every child has a good start in life by enhancing child and whānau wellbeing in the first 1,000 days, have all been prioritised for the next phase of the Strategy’s work. You can find more information about the review recommendations and early implementation work below.

We'd like to thank you for your ongoing support and interest in our work to improve the wellbeing of children and young people. And with the the holiday season fast approaching, we'd also like to wish you a well-deserved rest, joyful times with whānau and friends, safe travels and all the very best for the coming year.

Webinar: Strengths-based reporting and measurement 

Join us on 16 December from 12-1pm, for a webinar focused on why strengths-based measurement and reporting matters, and how we can do it more effectively. 

Speakers include Andrew Webber and Louise Pirini from the Social Wellbeing Agency, and Dr Hinemoa Elder who will share real world experiences of strengths-based health measurement.  

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New best practice guidelines for engaging with children and young people

One of the recommendations of the recent review of the Strategy was to 'refresh and amplify best-practice guidelines for engaging with children and young people'.

New best practice guidelines have recently been finalised and shared with agencies. They reflect what children and young people told us about how we can better support and empower them to have their voice heard. They also incorporate elements of established guidelines and links to more detailed information, including considerations when engaging with specific population groups.

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Implementing the Strategy Review recommendations

We recently proactively released a briefing to the Minister for Child Poverty Reduction, which provides an update on early implementation work and planned next steps.  

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Progress updates

This section highlights recent progress updates on Programme of Action items, and other initiatives that will support child and youth wellbeing:

Your stories and feedback

It's inspiring to hear about the great stuff that's happening in communities to support the wellbeing of children, young people and their whānau - check out our 'Your stories' section to find out more. Please continue to let us know about new initiatives or send us your ideas or feedback - we'd love to hear from you! Contact us on:  

Healthy Active Learning at Randwick School

Randwick School in Lower Hutt is one of around 800 schools and kura involved in the Healthy Active Learning initiative. See what teachers and tamariki have to say about the impact of the initiative, and the importance of physical activity and healthy kai for their wellbeing.

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