Children and Young People

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.

This means children and young people who will:

  • be high achievers in education in Porirua at all levels
  • have stronger health outcomes
  • be engaged and active in leading city decisions
  • be informed and responsive
  • be strongly connected to their culture, families and community

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

Performance indicators

The performance indicators for this priority are:

  • Increase children and young peoples' satisfaction with living in Porirua
  • 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

The Council is 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 feel like they have a say in the shape and feel of the city.

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 2018-28.

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

There are however some things we should be concerned about. For example our relatively high injury rates for children and poor dental health. Attendance rates at school could improve. There is also room for improvement in academic achievement.Overall Māori and Pasifika children are not doing as well. To find out more read the Status Report here.

What next?

Findings in the report will be discussed by Councillors at a workshop shortly. They will be considering what we can do to help improve the wellbeing of children and young people. This could include changes to our services or advocating to central government. We will partner with others if it makes sense to do so.