Youth fo­cus re­flects pop­u­la­tion

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

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.

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