Children and Young People at the centre of city decisions

Strategic Priority - Children and Young people at the centre of city decisions: children having fun.

Our strategic priority is to have children and young people at the centre of city decisions.

Our outcomes

We want our children and young people to:

  • be high achievers in education in Porirua at all levels
  • have stronger health outcomes
  • be engaged and active in leading city decisions; and
  • be strongly connected to their cultures, families and communities.

We will support these outcomes through investment in sound infrastructure for future generations.

Performance indicators

The performance indicators for this priority are:

  • an increase children and young peoples' satisfaction with living in Porirua
  • to monitor the wellbeing of children and young people in the areas of education, health, employment, engagement and recreation.

Status Report – Children and Young People in Porirua 2017

We are interested in the wellbeing of our children and young people. We want to know whether they are doing well at school, are healthy and active, feel safe, enjoy living in Porirua and have a say in the shape and feel of the city they live in.

We have brought together statistics from different sources to help us monitor what’s going on.

The Status Report – Children and Young People in Porirua 2017 is the first annual monitoring report and will help us to start preparing for our city’s Long-term Plan 2018-38.

Some of the key findings are:

  • most of our children and young people enjoy their quality of life and think Porirua is a great place to live
  • satisfaction levels with our events and facilities popular with children and young people are high
  • most young people rate their health positively
  • most babies are fully immunised and most toddlers attend pre-school.

It's not all good news. There are some findings we are concerned about - such as our relatively high injury rates for children and poor dental health. Attendance rates at school need to improve. There is also room for improvement in academic achievement. Overall Māori and Pasifika children are not doing as well as their European counterparts.

To find out more read the Status Report here.

What next?

Findings in the report will be discussed by Councillors at a workshop shortly. Councillors will consider what we can do to help improve the wellbeing of our children and young people. This could include changes to our services, partnering with others ,or advocating to central government. 

Our long term plan is due for renewal next year and this provides an opportunity for public input on any change in direction or investment related to our strategic priority for children and young people.