Mō te oranga o ngā taiohi me ngā kaitiaki e mahi ana mō rātou.
For the wellbeing of young people and the people who support them.

In 2018, the coalition government announced plans to develop a Child Wellbeing Strategy to make New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child.

While this is an admirable and excellent goal, we wondered what it would look like for Aotearoa New Zealand to be the best place in the world to be a tamaiti (child), a taiohi (young person), a pāke (adult) or a kaumātua (elder).

What if the goal was wellbeing for all?

Through this research we aim to help answer at least part of that question.

First, we identified key elements of wellbeing informed by three reports and one framework:

  1. Children and Young People: Indicators of Wellbeing in New Zealand (2008);

  2. Ministry of Youth Development Issues Survey Report (2010);

  3. Tama-te-rā Ariki: Voices of tamariki and rangatahi Māori (2018); and

  4. The Māori health model Te Whare Tapa Whā.

Then, we asked more than 1,000 young people for their perspectives on those elements of wellbeing so that those in the worlds of policy, philanthropy and service provision for young people can weave these voices into decision making.

Our report is intended to have multiple audiences: young people, the youth development sector, policy makers and philanthropic funders.

We hope it inspires everyone who reads it, as much as it has inspired us putting it together.

We also encourage those in positions of power to ensure that, as should be the case with children, the voices, participation, and lived experiences of young people inform any and all policy decisions made about them.