Chil­dren at core of coun­cil pol­icy

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Chil­dren will be at the heart of de­ci­sions made in the fu­ture by Porirua City Coun­cil.

The Chil­dren’s Pri­or­ity pol­icy, un­veiled last week, would have far- reach­ing con­se­quences, Porirua mayor Nick Leggett said.

The in­ter­ests of young peo­ple in the city would be mea­sured against all pol­icy and fund­ing de­ci­sions, Leggett said.

It was one of the best ways to build a thriv­ing city.

‘‘Coun­cils tra­di­tion­ally con­sider the eco­nomic and en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pli­ca­tions – and this won’t change,’’ he said.

‘‘But, with the Chil­dren’s Pri­or­ity pol­icy, we will give the same weight to the im­pact of ev­ery coun­cil de­ci­sion on young peo­ple.’’

Leggett said recre­ational and cul­tural events and fa­cil­i­ties, wi-fi and other coun­cil considerations would be made with young peo­ple in Porirua in mind.

Mon­i­tor­ing and ad­vo­cacy to the gov­ern­ment would also be part of the pol­icy, which could in­clude the Shine ini­tia­tive and the Kids Part­ners and Youth2Work pro­grammes.

‘‘We will be the voice for kids. When we need the gov­ern­ment and oth­ers to get in­volved, we will ad­vo­cate.

‘‘The plan will aim to achieve lower rates of skin in­fec­tions, rheumatic fever, and avoid­able hos­pi­tal­i­sa­tion through con­sist- ent lob­by­ing and ser­vice mon­i­tor­ing.’’

When launch­ing the pol­icy at Ti­tahi Bay School last Tues­day, Leggett said sur­veys and con­sul­ta­tion with chil­dren, via schools, would be used to give chil­dren the best pos­si­ble start.

Photo: MARK TANTRUM

Ti­tahi Bay School room 11 pupils with Porirua mayor Nick Leggett at the pol­icy launch last week. Back, from left, Bran­don Martin-Dod­son, Scott Foun­tain, Max Hor­lor, Olivia Black, Crys­tal McEvoy, Gabrielle James, Azaria Iti and Eloise Ba­son. Front, from left, Ari MacIver, Luke Tin­gle, Dy­lan Clark, Mia Ha­zle­wood, mayor Nick Leggett, Keira Arnold, Kait­lyn Hawe-Good.

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