OUR ChildReN’S “Right To PLaY”
At Porirua Project, we believe that every child deserves the right to play. The latest research shows play to be an essential component in the psychological, social, mental and physical development of all children. Having been recognised in both the United Nation's General Assembly’s Declaration of the Rights of the Child in 1959, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (in 1989), the “children’s right to play” is acknowledged worldwide.
“Play in New Zealand is under threat. A lack of time, space and permission to play means fewer Kiwi kids are having the same playful upbringing enjoyed by previous generations. There are a number of reasons for this – factors like technology, a more risk averse parenting approach, and infill housing that means many families don’t have back yards to get out and play in.” - Scott Mackenzie (Play Consultant Sport New Zealand)