Children and young people

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

Children and young people at the centre of city decisions

The wellbeing of the city’s children and young people is important to us. In 2015 ‘Children and young people at the centre of city decisions’ was made one of four strategic priorities, an idea that had strong support from the community.

Why we are putting children and young people first

Compared to other cities in New Zealand, Porirua has a very young population. About a quarter of our residents are under 15 years old. This means that children and young people are significant users of our city spaces, services, and facilities; we need to make sure their needs and interests are closely considered when we make decisions.  

Four key focus areas

Our work to put children and young people at the centre of city decisions is focused on four areas:

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

Performance indicators

Our performance indicators for this priority are:

  • increasing children and young people’s satisfaction with living in Porirua
  • monitoring the wellbeing of children and young people in the areas of education, health, employment, engagement and recreation. 

Status of children and young people in Porirua

We’ve produced our first annual monitoring report, which brings together statistics from different sources to show how Porirua children and young people are getting on. It will help us prepare for the next Long-term Plan. 

What's next?

Councillors will discuss the report’s findings at a workshop. They’ll consider what we can do to help improve the wellbeing of children and young people. This could include making changes to our services or asking central government for support. We’ll partner with other organisations if we need to.