Services for children and young people


We provide the following services help ensure that children and young people and their whanau are healthy and active, safe, have strong cultural and community connections – and have a say in the shape and feel of our City.

Our role varies, from direct service delivery, through to monitoring, facilitating and advocacy.


Children and young people who are well educated and employed

We are working with others to ensure we have a city of young people who excel at learning and work. See our Education page for more details.


Children and Young People who are healthy and active

We provides a wide range of recreational activities and spaces to encourage healthy and active lifestyles.

We provide:

  • great facilities to support and develop youth talent (e.g. Te Rauparaha Arena and Aquatic Centre, sports grounds etc)
  • great programmes such as sports swimming programmes 
  • green and clean natural environment 
  • high quality spaces to play in
  • a city that is easy for children and young people to move about in (such as walking and cycling)
  • advocacy and regulatory tools to improve the quality of housing in Porirua

What's New?

Tumai Hauora Alliance - THA

While funding for the Government's Social Sector Trials (SSTs) has finished, interagency work in Porirua continues.  The Porirua SST has been replaced with the Tumai Hauora Alliance or THA. 

Very simply, the aim of THA is to improve education and health outcomes for children and young people in Porirua, particularly Māori and Pasifika. 

The Council is part of the THA Governance Group alongside the CCDHB, Regional Public Health, NZ Police, Ngāti Toa Rangatira, Compass Health, Housing NZ, Te Puni Kōriri, and the Ministries of Justice, Vulnerable Children and Social Development. 

Safe family-friendly city for children and young people

We provide a safe city for all families and children and young people to enjoy.

We provide:

  • regulation to protect the health and wellbeing including water and food safety, dog and noise control, building safety and policies on social hazards such as liquor and gambling
  • a clean and attractive city with safe spaces and activities for children and young people
  • a city that is safe for children to move about it (safe roads, footpaths and lighting); and
  • advice to schools and communities about emergency preparedness

A City which encourages children and young people to feel connected and engaged

We support and promote clubs and organisations that celebrate our cultural diversity and enhance the wellbeing of children and young people.

We provide:

  • opportunities to grow civic and leadership skills (City and Schools Partnership Programme)
  • ways to empower children and young people to influence the shape and feel of their communities and city - such as workshops with schools on annual and long term plans; and
  • child and youth friendly events, festivals and programmes to strengthen and celebrate the cultural diversity of our youthful city