Government's White Paper

The Government's Green paper on Vulnerable Children was issued for public consultation in October 2011. Government has announced that over 9 000 submissions were received. UNICEF NZ has conducted an exercise to identify common themes and concerns from submissions and has reviewed 90+, sent to us from organisations and individuals well experienced in issues concerning children's wellbeing and matters that can impact on a Children's Action Plan. 

Click here for UNICEF NZ's Submission 

"Thriving, achieving, belonging- what will it take?" is a Briefing Paper generated from that review. It is a unified statement on what is needed to do better for all children in Aotearoa/New Zealand and is now available here. Supplementary information is also available giving a more detailed background to some of the issues (Briefing Paper Supplementary Information)

If you wish to comment on the Briefing Paper or if you want your name added to the paper as supporting its messages, please contact Barbara Lambourn, National Advocacy Manager

Post White Paper Forum

Following the release of the Government's White Paper in October, (White Paper Media Response), UNICEF NZ convened a meeting to discuss anomalies, gaps and opportunities for making a difference to children in New Zealand.The Forum held on November 8 in Wellington (Post White Paper Programme) was attended by representatives of many organisations (Nov 8 acceptances). This paper (Paper for Forum) set the scene for the discussions and questions to be explored. The outcomes have been written up (view here) and a strategy to further influence White Paper development will be designed.

Use these links to find submissions for the following organisations on their websites

Service and Foodworkers Union Nga Ringa Tota –

Ara Taiohi – 

Brainwave Trust –

COMET (City of Manukau Education Trust)

Community Waitakere –


ChangeMakers Refugee Forum –

Coalition for Safety of Women and Children-

Christchurch Methodist Mission –

Child Poverty Action Group –

Every Child Counts –

Great Fathers –


Inspiring Communities 

JR McKenzie Trust –

National Council of Women –

NZ Association of Occupational Therapists –

NZ Council of Christian Social Services –

NZEI Te Riu Roa –

NZ Nurses

NZ Psychological Society  -

North Shore Community & Social Services Inc.

Presbyterian Support NZ –

Relationships Aotearoa –

Salvation Army –

Save the Children NZ –

SAPCE NZ Trust –

Victory Community Health Centre –

University of Otago Children and Young People as Social Actors Research Cluster –