Kia kuru pounamu te rongo | All mokopuna live their best lives
This means every child in Aotearoa, regardless of their background, grows up knowing they belong with their whānau and has what they need to live their best life. It also means mokopuna have a say about what really matters for them, and that their rights are honoured by those in power.
Ngā whakaarotau rautaki
Our strategic priorities
Eliminating racism in the public sector
Mokopuna tell us how racism affects them. We will amplify their voices and views, and challenge the public sector to identify and tackle racism as it affects them. As part of this we advocate for more by Māori, for Māori approaches.
Prioritising children's views
When we talk with mokopuna, their dream for the future is clear. They want fulfilling relationships with friends and whānau, time with those they love, and real solutions to inequality, climate change and racism. Their insights are valuable. Our goal is to build the capability of the public sector to listen to, and act on their views. When mokopuna share their voices it’s our job to listen and act.
Advocating for improved mental wellbeing
Mokopuna often say mental wellbeing is important for a good life. They want themselves and their whānau to be healthy, and to have access to help when they need it. We want to see their wellbeing prioritised, and structural changes that remove the barriers, and make the most of opportunities, to improve their mental wellbeing.
Te anga tikanga
Te Tiriti o Waitangi is central to our work. Honouring and reflecting te Tiriti is one of the core values that drives us. We have a tikanga framework with four principles:
- Aroha: Mokopuna are taonga. They are born with their own inherent mana. We will always act with compassion and empathy, adapting readily to respond to their needs.
- Pono: We believe honesty and integrity are key to doing our job well. We will always report things as we see them and never as how others want them to be seen. We stay true to one important thing: we do as we say we will.
- Tika: We are always about the best results for mokopuna. We empower others to bring about the best for them. We’re independent and will always speak out for their interests. We consider the range of needs we have to meet, and make every attempt to get it right. We never shy away from the hard stuff.
- Mātauranga: Mokopuna are our reason for being. They are involved, participate, and have input into things we do. We act from a place of knowledge, we work from evidence and advise others based on the things we learn.