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Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Focus area 1: Meet the needs and support the aspirations of tamariki and their whānau

Investing in the future of our tamariki is vital to advancing Māori wellbeing. More than a third of all Māori in Auckland are under the age of 15 years. Whānau is the smallest unit of Māori society and the wellbeing of tamariki is intricately linked to whānau wellbeing. 

Research has shown that early experiences provide the foundation for all future learning, behaviour and health. Read more on the Centre on the Developing Child website.

This aligns with the Whare Tapa Whā model that recognises four dimensions of Māori health and wellbeing - physical, spiritual, mental, and whānau. Read more on the Ministry of Health website

Photograph of two children playing at kohanga.

Whānau encompasses the extended family, many of whom are collectively and actively involved in raising tamariki. Some are being raised by two parents, some by their grandparents and others by single parents. 

The Markers of Flourishing Whānau framework (PDF 1.16MB) identifies six significant domains of wellbeing for tamariki and whānau.

Many of these domains such as wealth, standard of living and connectedness are addressed through other Auckland Plan outcomes. Still, all efforts should be holistic and consider the needs of tamariki in the context of their whānau. 

How this can be done 

Efforts to support tamariki can focus on:

  • supporting sustainable funding of whānau and kaupapa-based programmes to strengthen culturally responsive institutions
  • improving the specific needs of vulnerable tamariki and whānau, particularly whānau who are experiencing substandard housing and homelessness
  • increasing levels of Māori trust in public institutions that impact tamariki and whānau Māori
  • increasing equitable outcomes for whānau, hapū, iwi and Māori communities, with particular focus on investing in community development projects.