The past month has been busy, with 12 out of 19 regional hui now completed, 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 alongside each other to strengthen independent oversight of the Oranga Tamariki system. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to come along to hui to listen and contribute to these discussions. It has been invaluable for us to meet and connect with you and we hope you have found the hui helpful too.
While we’re still working through the North Island hui, we have completed all our South Island hui with six held attracting over 150 attendees, including providers, Māori / Iwi focussed providers and organisations, government agencies and local district health boards.
Overall, feedback has been very positive with participants noting how helpful it is to understand each agency’s role. The hui have also provided a valuable opportunity for us to better understand how you want to be involved in future work.
The general themes from the South Island hui are outlined below.
- It’s helpful to have visibility of all oversight agencies, their functions and roles, particularly for the Office of the Ombudsman and the Independent Children’s Monitor being a new entity.
- It’s good to see the three oversight agencies working alongside each other towards improving supporting outcomes for tamariki and rangatahi.
- Making sure Te Ao Māori is genuinely embedded with the mahi underway.
- The importance of engaging with children, young people and whānau.
- Partnerships are essential for reaching tamariki, rangatahi and whānau.
An overview of the themes from all regional hui will be published on our website towards the end of March, once all are completed. The information and presentations shared at hui will also be published on our website.
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As mentioned at hui, this is the beginning of our engagement. If you’re a children’s professional (whether from non-government or government – particularly in the social sector), a provider of services to tamariki and or rangatahi or local iwi we’d love to see you at one of our remaining hui.
Upcoming regional hui are scheduled for Whanganui on Monday, 2 March, New Plymouth on Tuesday 3 March, West Auckland on Thursday 5 March, South Auckland on Friday 6 March, Kaitaia on Wednesday 11 March, Whangarei on Thursday 12 March and Lower Hutt on Monday 16 March.
There are still spaces available. Register for a hui near you.
We look forward to seeing you as we travel around Aotearoa.