What Makes a Good Life?
SERIES OF REPORTS
Aotearoa New Zealand should be a place where all children and young people can flourish. But is it?
In late 2018 we worked with the Ministry for Children, Oranga Tamariki to survey children and young people about what made a good life for them.
All together we heard from more than 6,000 tamariki and rangatahi who told us what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better.
The survey continues to provide valuable insights into life for young New Zealanders. We will continue to publish further insights into other groups of children and young people here in the future.
From what we have heard, a significant number of tamariki and rangatahi face challenges. They also have valuable ideas based on their everyday experiences and hopes for the future. When decision makers listen and act on their views, better policy is made. This is what this work is about.
We undertook this survey so that the views of tamariki and rangatahi can inform the Child and Youth Wellbeing Strategy, which will drive government action on child wellbeing. But these insights could also be used to inform practitioners and communities who want to make a difference for young New Zealanders.
“Having a good life isn't necessarily about the materialistic things. I think having strong friendships/relationships with people who genuinely care about you contributes better to a good life.” Rangatahi from Taumarunui
Reports in the What Makes a Good Life series are available below:
What makes a Good Life – main report
What makes a Good Life – at a glance
What Makes a Good Life? Views of children and young people in care on wellbeing
What Makes a Good Life for Young Parents?
What makes a Good Life for Tamariki and Rangatahi Māori?