Ministerial Advisory Board report

The Ministerial Advisory Board report, Hipokingia ki te Kahu Aroha Hipokingia ki te Katoa was released in September 2021. In August 2021, Cabinet agreed to the future direction of Oranga Tamariki for the next two to five years.

This included an Action Plan, the future direction of Oranga Tamariki, that draws together themes from across Hipokingia ki te Kahu Aroha Hipokingia ki te Katoa (Te Kahu Aroha), as well as recommendations from previous reviews and the Waitangi Tribunal report.

The Government accepted all the recommendations of Te Kahu Ahora.

The recommendations were:

  • Decision making and resources need to be shifted to communities, with children and whānau at the centre of the system.
  • A new operating model needs to be formed, with better support and training for social workers.
  • The power to remove children from their whānau, should only be utilised in extreme situations and not as a go-to solution for complex circumstances.

We are focusing on the five key areas to deliver the Action Plan:

  1. Organisational Blueprint – ensure we have a structure that aligns functions, has clear accountabilities, reduces duplication, and supports a joined-up approach
  2. People and Culture - create a culture that drives positive change to ensure we have long term success of the transformation
  3. Relationships, Partnering and Decision-making – build required levels of trust and capability, alignment, and transparency to achieve authentic and genuine partnership and participation
  4. Social work practice – enhance to mana of social workers across the agency and wider care and protection sector
  5. Data, insights and evidence – support robust data, research and information flows so our understanding of the care experience is current, accurate and equitable.

We want to acknowledge Board members Mr Matthew Tukaki (Chair), Dame Naida Glavish, Ms Shannon Pakura and Tā Mark Solomon, for their strong leadership and hard work. We also would like to thank those who have engaged with the Board and shared their insights and personal stories. It is largely due to these contributions that the report is such a powerful document.

The Minister for Children will report back to Cabinet in February 2022.

Published: October 15, 2021