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Seeking views and ideas

Following an initial scoping process, we've just completed a public engagement and feedback process. We've heard from people of all ages and from all walks of life across New Zealand. In particular, we made a real effort to hear from children and young people, Māori and iwi groups, and those whose voices are less often heard.

This involved a range of approaches, including face-to-face meetings and focus groups, social media channels, and an online survey.

We asked people to:

  • describe what child and youth wellbeing means to them
  • share ideas for improving the wellbeing of children and young people
  • describe how we can work better (individually and collectively) to enable every child to thrive
  • share their feedback on an initial framework, which included the Strategy's proposed vision statement, key principles, and the outcomes that should be sought for all children and young people.

See the Proposed Outcomes Framework and potential focus areas (PDF, 789 KB)

Summary of formal public engagement

With the support of other agencies, we've engaged with and/or received feedback from approximately 10,000 New Zealanders (plus group submissions), including:

  • 5,600+ responses to the children's survey, and responses from more than 400 children and young people through face-to-face engagements and interviews led by the Office of the Children's Commissioner and Oranga Tamariki – read the summary report of their findings - ‘What makes a good life?’
  • 200+ formal submissions
  • 1,600+ responses to an adult online survey
  • 750+ responses to the children's postcard (300+ online & 450+ hard copy)
  • Responses from ten regional meetings hosted by the Ministry of Health, with more than 1,000 attendees across the meetings
  • Responses from 11 hui hosted by Te Puni Kōkiri, with nearly 200 attendees across all the hui
  • Responses from seven Pacific fono with Whānau Ora navigators, whānau, and youth practitioners, with more than 200 attendees across the fono
  • Responses from a range of other meetings and community engagements, including speaking with disability youth leaders, NGOs, philanthropic groups, local government, LGBTQI community groups, Pacific social service providers, ethnic and migrant community groups, and others.

In addition to the feedback from this round of engagement, we're also drawing on existing research and building on insights that individuals and groups have already shared through other recent engagements, including across the education sector.

Full analysis of the submissions, survey responses and feedback from the engagement is now underway. We will publish the key themes from this engagement in March 2019.

These will help inform the development of the first Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, also due to be published in 2019.

Have your say

While the initial phase of seeking submissions and public feedback is now complete, this is just the start of the conversation. We want to keep hearing from people as this work progresses.

You can share your views and ideas by contacting us on

Last updated: 
Tuesday, 26 February 2019

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