Key to the success of our
is engaging and partnering with those who work within or experience the Oranga Tamariki system. We do this by visiting communities around , meeting with , , , caregivers, Oranga Tamariki staff, , and other government agencies. We strive to be inclusive, encompassing the diversity of culture, identity, and ethnicity of all those either delivering services or receiving services.
Engagement with Māori
Reviews found the need for more engagement with Māori across all aspects of the Oranga Tamariki system and independent oversight functions. Taking into account the views and concerns of Māori is central to the way the Monitor functions.
In mid-2019, we held a series of
around Aotearoa to inform the development of a strengthened independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system to ensure it better responds to the needs of tamariki, rangatahi and whānau, leading to improved outcomes. In addition, from late January 2020 to mid-March 2020, we held another 19 hui across the country to raise awareness on how the Monitor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Ombudsman will work together, once legislation is passed, to strengthen independent oversight, and to explain what each agency’s role is in this.
The hui were a chance to formally introduce the Monitor, share mahi already completed and understand how people want to be engaged in the future. The hui saw 525 people, including service providers, Māori focused organisations, government agencies and children’s professionals, come together and share their thoughts.
Feedback from both hui covered both the current state of the system and where mahi is required to improve outcomes in the future; in particular, the relevance of
, interactions with Oranga Tamariki, funding and support, communication, historic issues, strengthening independent oversight legislation and the Monitor’s approach. It is important to us that we continue to share our progress and plans with communities and service providers through hui. We will keep you informed of our future plans. Below are the key themes that emerged from our 2019 and 2020 hui.
View the work of the graphic artist, who accompanied us for some hui.