We advocate for the interests, rights and wellbeing of children and young people

Children and young people have a right to participate. They should have their views heard, and given due weight in decisions that affect them.

Whose views do we hear?

We want to hear from children and young people from many different walks of life, especially those whose views are less likely to be heard unless we make efforts to connect with them.

We work with schools, community groups, alternative education providers, teen parent units, early childhood education providers, and kura kaupapa throughout Aotearoa.

We welcome education providers and community groups who work with young people under 18 years old to join our Mai World network. Sign up for Mai World here.  

How does Mai World support children and young people’s participation?

We support children and young people to have genuine input into matters that affect them, and receive feedback on how their views have influenced decisions. Schools and community groups can use Mai World to demonstrate children and young people’s rights in action.

Being involved with Mai World engagements can help empower children and young people to advocate for their own interests in the future and demonstrate the power of their voice. 

How does it work?

We use a range of methods including online in-school surveys, face to face and community engagement. The topics are relevant to current issues affecting children and young people. 

Impact on government & community decisions

The views of children and young people guide the content of any submission we make on policy development and decisions affecting children and young people. Their views also guide our own advocacy

We also help other agencies consider the needs of children and young people as they develop their policy and design their services. To do this, we sometimes ask children and young people questions on behalf of other agencies.

See what children and young people have told us via Mai World.  

Mai World: Child and Youth Voices Project


Learn more about our Child and Youth Voices Project