These past few months have been busy, with 19 regional hui held around the country, providing participants a greater understanding of how the Independent Children’s Monitor, Office of the Children’s Commissioner and the Office of the Ombudsman are working to strengthen independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki System.
Thank you to everyone who took the time to come along to listen and contribute to these discussions. We hope you found the hui helpful; it has been invaluable for us to meet and connect with you.
In total, 525 participants attended the hui, with 190 completing a feedback form and 144 of those expressing interest in being involved in future workshops.
Many noted how good it was to see all three oversight agencies together and to understand what each organisation’s role and function is. They also commented on how helpful it was to further understand the Ombudsman’s Office’s role and function, including the complaints process, understanding what barriers exist and being able to provide people with a voice. For us, it was helpful to receive feedback on how we could improve future hui, including better timekeeping, more time for discussions, and more opportunities for networking and providing feedback.
We will take onboard all the feedback we received in shaping our future mahi.
An overview of the themes to come out from all regional hui has been published online, along with material from the hui. Read more here.
As mentioned at hui, this is the beginning of our engagement and we look forward to working with those of you who expressed interest in being involved in future mahi. If you haven’t expressed interest and would like to be involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.