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Whānau Listening Posts open in Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki

September 20, 2019 at 11:34 AM

From the NZFVC

The Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki - Ministry for Children is now accepting feedback through Ngā Pou Whakaaro, or Whānau Listening Posts. 

Submissions are open until 31 October 2019.

Ngā Pou Whakaaro are designed to provide a safe and private space for whānau to share their experience in relation to Oranga Tamariki. The purpose of Ngā Pou Whakaaro is to:

  • "Raise awareness with whānau about the Inquiry purpose and scope
  • Engage and facilitate whānau opportunities to share lived experiences with Oranga Tamariki
  • Manage the dissemination and collation of information."

Whānau can provide feedback through:

Whānau can also contact their local Whānau Ora partner to share their story kanohi te kanohi (face to face). Whānau will be supported to make their submissions online, by email or to talk to the Inquiry team.

The submission guidelines also state the Inquiry team will work with Whānau Ora partners and other community groups to identify opportunities to host hui where whānau can make a submission in person - for further information about hui email

The Inquiry includes historical and contemporary removal of tamariki from their whānau by Oranga Tamariki and its predecessors (including Children, Young People and Families Service and the Department of Social Welfare).

Whānau can choose to share their story anonymously. The focus of the Inquiry is on the experiences of whānau. However the Inquiry is also prepared to hear voices, stories and viewpoints from any other interested parties. Ngā Pou Whakaaro are not able to intervene in individual cases or provide crisis counselling.

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Category: OT Inquiry