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Strategy development

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is leading the development of the Strategy, in collaboration with other agencies and with input from people and groups across New Zealand.

The development of the Strategy drew together thinking from wellbeing models and frameworks, the best evidence from social science, and input from thousands of New Zealanders. 

With the support of partner agencies, we heard from more than 10,000 New Zealanders, including 6,000 children and young people.  The engagement process included multiple meetings, focus groups, child and adult surveys, postcards to the Prime Minister and written submissions. 

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.

A full report summarising New Zealanders’ input received during this engagement is available along with specific reports from the engagement with children and young people, and with iwi and Māori groups. Findings from recent consultation processes such as the education conversation and the Inquiry into Mental Health and Addiction have also been taken into account.

Find out more about how the strategy was developed

Find out more about what we heard

Find out more about what children and young people told us

Read the formal submissions we received


Last updated: 
Tuesday, 18 December 2018

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