Ngā āraitanga ki te oranga ngākau
Barriers to wellbeing
Most mokopuna tell us they have a good life. However, some mokopuna tell us some things prevent them from having a good life. Some examples of what can affect mokopuna having a good life include insecure housing or not enough money; family members with bad jobs or mental and physical health problems; or when mokopuna or their family experience violence and racism. Some tell us that these challenges can affect family relationships. Mokopuna are clear about how these challenges affect them, and it is crucial that leaders of Aotearoa listen to them and act on their concerns to improve their wellbeing.
Te whakapai ake i te oranga ngākau
Ways to improve wellbeing
Good relationships are important for mokopuna at every age. They value their relationships with family, whānau, friends and teachers. Mokopuna need to feel accepted, and respected. They should feel empowered to have a voice and for their voice to be considered in decision-making that affects them. Ensuring mokopuna and their family and whānau have everything they need is the basis of improving wellbeing.
Te aro turuki i te pōharatanga o te tamaiti
Child Poverty Monitor
The high rates of child poverty in Aotearoa hold us back from achieving good wellbeing for all mokopuna. The Office of the Children's Commissioner has published the annual Child Poverty Monitor since 2013 to measure rates of hardship and advocate for us to set a better course for the future. The Monitor is made in partnership with the JR McKenzie Trust and Otago University. It tracks changes in how many children live in poverty on a range of measures, and how poverty impacts their lives. Note the below link opens a new website.