Strategy for Children and Young People

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Making Wellington a great place for children and young people to play, live, study and work


The children and young people of Wellington are the future of our city. We have a diverse, youthful, creative and talented population who are really interested in the challenges facing the city, Aotearoa and the world.

We want young Wellingtonians to live happy and fulfilling lives in the city, and we’ve developed a strategy to help make this happen. It’s one of a number of plans and strategies which will help us to deliver on our 2040 vision for Wellington.


Our proposed approach

The draft Strategy for Children and Young People is based on six wellbeing outcomes set out by central government in its 2019 Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. In 2020, we used these outcomes to have conversations with young Wellingtonians to understand what issues were important to them. This enabled us to develop six focus areas which will bring our vision to life:

Our central city: All children and young people feel safe in the city at any time of day

Hauora across the city: Spaces, places and programmes support the hauora (wellbeing) of children and young people throughout the city

The basics: Children and young people can access food, safe and healthy housing, and wrap-around support when experiencing homelessness

You belong: Wellington welcomes, celebrates and includes the diversity of all children and young people

Pathways: Wellington is a place that builds life-long learners

Participating in change: Young people taking on the world


Have your say on the draft strategy

The draft strategy is now open for consultation, and we want to hear your views on whether it will make Wellington a better place for children and young people. Can you see ideas in here that will help improve the wellbeing of children and young people?

There are lots of ways to provide feedback:

  • Make an online submission below. You can upload any supporting documents and register your interest in making an oral submission
  • Social media - share your views on our Facebook page or Instagram
  • Quick polls
  • In person - look out for our Long Term Plan community pop-up tour, or make an oral submission
  • Libraries - pick up a consultation document and submission form
  • Download a printable submission form here

Feedback is open until 5pm, Monday 10 May 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Making Wellington a great place for children and young people to play, live, study and work


The children and young people of Wellington are the future of our city. We have a diverse, youthful, creative and talented population who are really interested in the challenges facing the city, Aotearoa and the world.

We want young Wellingtonians to live happy and fulfilling lives in the city, and we’ve developed a strategy to help make this happen. It’s one of a number of plans and strategies which will help us to deliver on our 2040 vision for Wellington.


Our proposed approach

The draft Strategy for Children and Young People is based on six wellbeing outcomes set out by central government in its 2019 Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy. In 2020, we used these outcomes to have conversations with young Wellingtonians to understand what issues were important to them. This enabled us to develop six focus areas which will bring our vision to life:

Our central city: All children and young people feel safe in the city at any time of day

Hauora across the city: Spaces, places and programmes support the hauora (wellbeing) of children and young people throughout the city

The basics: Children and young people can access food, safe and healthy housing, and wrap-around support when experiencing homelessness

You belong: Wellington welcomes, celebrates and includes the diversity of all children and young people

Pathways: Wellington is a place that builds life-long learners

Participating in change: Young people taking on the world


Have your say on the draft strategy

The draft strategy is now open for consultation, and we want to hear your views on whether it will make Wellington a better place for children and young people. Can you see ideas in here that will help improve the wellbeing of children and young people?

There are lots of ways to provide feedback:

  • Make an online submission below. You can upload any supporting documents and register your interest in making an oral submission
  • Social media - share your views on our Facebook page or Instagram
  • Quick polls
  • In person - look out for our Long Term Plan community pop-up tour, or make an oral submission
  • Libraries - pick up a consultation document and submission form
  • Download a printable submission form here

Feedback is open until 5pm, Monday 10 May 2021.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Your questions

Please enter your question about the Strategy for Children and Young People here. We monitor the site from 8:30am - 5pm Monday to Friday, and we aim to respond to you as soon as possible.