Children and young people

Children and young people are our future and are at the heart of our city.

Children and young people at the heart of our city

We have made a commitment to supporting children and young people – placing them ‘at the heart our city’. As a strategic priority this means ensuring our plans and our decisions help all our children to reach their potential. It also means providing a healthy and beautiful city in which to grow up.

Why is this important?

Children and young people

  • make up a large part of our population (nearly 40% aged under 25 years)
  • are big users of Council services and facilities
  • have a different perspective from adults
  • don’t vote and therefore have limited influence
  • have to live with the legacy of our decisions on the shape and function of the city, and
  • will be our residents, our leaders and our workforce of the future.

It is the Council’s view that there are long-term benefits for the City if we take a strengths-based approach to promoting the wellbeing of our children and young people.  

We believe that if we are more inclusive in our thinking we will make better and more enduring decisions together that will benefit everyone. As one young person aptly put it – “we are the community and we want to be part of making it a cool place to live”.

At the heart of our city – strategic framework

Our strategic framework guides our work with children and young people.  The framework has five focus areas:

Environment and place

Children and young people are actively involved in the care and protection of the harbour and the environment, and enjoy living in clean and attractive neighbourhoods.  

Safety and well-being

Children and young people in Porirua grow up healthy, active, and safe. Public places promote health and well-being and strengthen connections for the well-being of young people. 

For example, in 2018 Council introduced a Healthy Drinks Policy to help make it easier for children and young people to make healthy choices at our events and facilities.  Changes in the Policy will be implemented over the next 12 months.

Opportunity and experiences

Children and young people are supported to achieve academic success at school, and to transition from formal education into a future they aspire to.  They participate in the life our city, broadening their experiences and expanding their horizons.

Connection and belonging

Children and young people feel supported by strong connections with families, each other, and the wider community.  They have places to go and things to do, and enjoy celebrating a variety of cultures in their everyday life. 

Engaged and involved

Children and young people are active participants in decision making processes and local projects to help shape the look and feel of our city.

We also take a special interest in housing quality as this is a key determinant of child health.

Status of children and young people in Porirua

People aged under 25 years make up nearly 40 per cent of our population. We want them to feel proud of the city they live in and have opportunities to participate in city life.

As part of this work, we need to know how well children and young people are doing. The Status Report collates wellbeing indicators across a range of areas, including health, education, engagement, recreation, satisfaction with living in Porirua, housing and safety.  Each Status Report includes comparisons with national averages and provides ethnic breakdowns when available.

The report is produced annually.  We use it to review the way we support children and young people and make changes if required. It provides us with an advocacy platform for issues outside our control.  We also encourage others to use this information in their work with children and young people.

Funding for children and young people

We've created several funds for children and young people to apply for, so they can achieve their goals.

Check out our funding page for more information.

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