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

What makes a good life?

We have asked children and young people for their views on what wellbeing means to them. We heard from more than 6,000 children and young people about what a good life is and what they thought were the most important areas to focus on to make things better for all children and young people.

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This means constantly keeping what children, families and whānau need to live good lives at the front of our minds, whether we are politicians, parents, teachers, rangatira, rangatahi or community members (or all of the above). These pages explain more about what wellbeing is and how we can work towards it as a society.

Our understanding of child wellbeing

“Wellbeing” is a complex concept.  We know it when we see it (or its absence) but it is hard to define. We think that:wellbeing is a positive state that is more than just existing
almost everyone aspi...

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What wellbeing means to children

We've been talking to children and young people about wellbeing. They are experts in their own lives and this is what they have to say.

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Children's rights and wellbeing

The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (the Children’s Convention), which New Zealand signed up to in 1993, sets out the inherent rights of all children. Child wellbeing can only exi...

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Elements of child wellbeing

Wellbeing is a positive state and not simply the absence of negatives. Children experience wellbeing when their family and whānau are connected and united; relationships within and beyond the family a...

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