Youth focus reflects population
Aucklanders are being called to speak up on the important issues facing our children and young people.
Developed with Auckland Council’s youth advisory panel, the Children and Young People’s Strategic Action Plan is a new initiative aimed at improving the prospects of children and young people aged from 0 to 25.
‘‘People aged under 25 years old make up 40 per cent of Auckland’s population – that’s bigger than the population of the Wellington region,’’ mayor Len Brown says.
The online action plan was developed using the comments of more than 5000 Aucklanders aged under 25 years, which were gathered during the development of the Auckland Plan.
Seven goals have been developed from these including being given equal opportunities, feeling valued and connected, being healthy and having a sense of safety. National and international reports highlight New Zealand’s poor rating on many indicators of child welfare, and its low rates of investment in children and young people.
‘‘Some of our most disadvantaged communities are those in which we anticipate will have increased numbers of children and young people in the coming years,’’ Mr Brown says.
‘‘We must do something now to improve their prospects,’’ he says.
The action plan is expected to be finalised later this year, taking into account public recommendations received.