There are just over 1.1 million children under the age of 18 in New Zealand - that's about a quarter of the country's population.
The majority of these children are doing well and achieving positive outcomes - they live in supportive homes and receive the care they need and deserve; they benefit from the protections provided in legislation to prevent them from harm, abuse and neglect; and they are able to access universal education and health care services that support them to develop to their full potential and live happy and healthy lives.
Unfortunately, a significant proportion of our children need extra support and services to enable them to thrive. We see the evidence of this in New Zealand's poor rating in international comparisons of child health and well-being, and in our low level of investment in young children.
We have prepared some basic fact sheets on topics that matter to the health and well-being of children in this country.
Population, ages and ethnicities of children in New Zealand
Safety of children
Health and children
Education and children
Children's sense of belonging and connectedness in their communities
Statistics about children in poverty can be found at the Child Poverty Monitor site.
We intend to add more useful information from time to time. If you have a specific suggestion, use the suggestion box on the right to tell us.