Over the past few months, our Chief Monitor, Nova Banaghan, and I have met with stakeholders across Aotearoa, including Te Runanga o Turanganui a Kiwa and Te Runanganui o Ngāti Porou in Gisborne, Ngā Maia Māori Midwives in Hawke’s Bay, Ngai Tahu and Whānau Ora in Christchurch, Te Arawhiti, Council of Christian Social Services, Voyce Whakarongomai and NZ Māori Council in Auckland, Ngati Toa in Porirua and, of course, the four monitoried agencies - Barnardos, Dingwall Trust, Open Home Foundation and Oranga Tamariki.
Our Operations team have also been busy meeting with a range of shared care providers and hui responders in the Marlborough, Kaikoura and Whanganui regions – some kanohi kit e kanohi (face-to-face) and some via Zoom.
All these engagements continue to provide useful insights and information that help to inform practical aspects of the monitoring and assessment visits to be conducted from next year.
To help shape our future mahi, we are now starting to connect with NZ Police, and the Ministry's of Health and Education around how we best work with them during our expanded monitoring, clarifying the best ways for our monitoring teams to interact with these sectors in the different local communities.
Hearing from local schools, education and health staff, and police involved in care and protection or youth justice will help ensure our staff have easy to understand ways of engaging that are productive and respectful of each other’s time and expertise, and will ensure we are speaking with the right people.