Oranga Ngākau

Wellbeing

Wellbeing is crucial to ensuring our Office’s vision ‘Kia kuru pounamu te rongo’ (all mokopuna live their best lives) can be realised. When mokopuna are supported to share their thoughts on what they need to experience good wellbeing, amazing things happen. The Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy is an excellent example of this. But it is important to recognise that wellbeing means different things to different people. Māori have their own understanding of intergenerational wellbeing that draws on cultural values, beliefs, social norms and indigenous knowledge. Aotearoa can only achieve good wellbeing for mokopuna when it is experienced by all.

Barriers to wellbeing

Ngā āraitanga ki te oranga ngākau

Barriers to wellbeing

Most mokopuna tell us they have a good life. However, some mokopuna tell us about things that prevent them from having a good life. When mokopuna speak with us they tell us that insecure housing, not having enough money, bad jobs, mental and physical health, violence and racism are harming their wellbeing. Some tell us that these challenges can put their whānau (family) into positions where family relationships are affected. Mokopuna are clear about how these challenges affect them, and it is crucial that leaders of Aotearoa listen to them and act on their concerns to improve their wellbeing.

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Te whakapai ake i te oranga ngākau

Ways to improve wellbeing

Good relationships are important for mokopuna at every age. They value their relationships with family, whānau, friends and teachers. Mokopuna need to feel accepted, and respected. They should be able to feel empowered to have a voice and for their voice to be considered in decision-making that affects them. Ensuring mokopuna and their family and whānau have everything they need is the basis of improving wellbeing.

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Te aro turuki i te pōharatanga o te tamaiti

Child Poverty Monitor

The high rates of child poverty in Aotearoa hold us back from achieving good wellbeing for all mokopuna. The Office has published the annual Child Poverty Monitor since 2013 to measure rates of hardship and advocate for us to set a better course for the future. The Monitor is made in partnership with the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University. It tracks changes in how many children live in poverty on a range of measures, and how poverty impacts their lives.

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Te āhua o te oranga ngākau

What mokopuna tell us about wellbeing

Our Mai World Team have asked mokopuna across Aotearoa about what a good life would look like to them. Their views have been collected, reported and published by Mai World.

What mokopuna have told us about wellbeing

What Makes a Good Life

What makes a Good Life?

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What Makes A Good Life for Maori

What makes a Good Life for Tamariki and Rangatahi Māori?

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What Makes A Good Life for Disabled

What Makes a Good Life for Disabled Children and Young People?

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