Disability strategy workshops and interviews

Find out more about participating in a workshop or interview to help create a future Oranga Tamariki disability strategy.

You can share your thoughts on a future Oranga Tamariki disability strategy in a number of ways, including by attending an online group workshop, or one-on-one interview.  

Visit the webpage below to see what other options might work well for you. 

Supporting oranga for disabled people | Oranga Tamariki — Ministry for Children

Group workshops

Each workshop will be about 2 hours long and has space for up to 15 people.  

The format for each hui might change depending on who is hosting, but at most hui you will:  

  • have an opportunity to introduce yourself   
  • hear self-introductions from other attendees  
  • look at research summaries together  
  • answer questions about the research summaries below 
  • have an opportunity for other kōrero (conversation). 

We're partnering with organisations that may already be working with disability communities to host the group workshops.   

You can choose to participate in workshops hosted by Oranga Tamariki kaimahi, or by our partner organisations. You can attend more than one hui if you want.

Individual interviews

Each one-on-one interview is about 40 to 60 minutes long. We can host up to 50 individual interviews before the end of February 2023.  

You can choose to be interviewed by phone or in an online meeting.  

You might choose to focus on different topics during your interview, but at most interviews you will: 

  • be introduced to the interviewer and have an opportunity to ask questions  
  • answer questions about the research summaries below. 

Individual interviews will be hosted by kaimahi from the Oranga Tamariki disability strategy team.

Research summaries

We've collected research, reports and feedback from, and about, disabled communities published over the last 10 years.  

As a first step of working together, we want you to share your thoughts on how relevant and accurate this information is today. We would also like you to tell us what you want to see in the future.  

As part of the workshop or interview, you’ll be asked to review 5 research summaries. Click the link below to see these research summaries in a range of accessible formats.

See the research summaries

Sign up for a workshop

Choose which workshop(s) you would like to attend below. Email Disability.Strategy@ot.govt.nz with your choice of time and date, and the team will send you further meeting information.

We can host up to 15 people at each workshop, so if your first choice isn’t available we will work with you to find another option. 

Care-experienced people 

These workshops are for disabled people who have lived experience of care and protection or youth justice services.  

  • 9.30am–11.30am, Monday 16th January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki
  • 1.00pm–3.00pm, Tuesday 7 February 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is also collecting feedback from care-experienced people aged 25 and under.  

Disabled people 

These workshops are for disabled people who want to help create an Oranga Tamariki disability strategy. This includes disabled caregiving whānau and disabled parents. 

  • 1.00pm–3.00pm Friday 20 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki
  • 9.30am–11.30am, Thursday 26 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki
  • 6.30pm–8.30pm, Wednesday 22 February 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 

Caregivers of disabled tamariki and rangatahi 

These workshops are for caregivers of disabled tamariki and rangatahi.  

  • 1.00pm–3.00pm, Thursday 19 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki
  • 1.00pm–3.00pm, Thursday 19 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki
  • 9.30am–11.30am, Thursday 23 February 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki

Kaimahi working with disabled people  

These workshops are for kaimahi working in the disability and health sectors such as social workers, community workers, home care assistants and health professionals.  

  • 9.30am–11.30am, Wednesday 11 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 
  • 1.00pm–3.00pm, Monday 13 February 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 

If you work for Oranga Tamariki, please sign up for workshops on Te Pae. 

Sign up on Te Pae  

General workshops 

These workshops are for anyone who wants to be involved in creating a disability strategy. 

  • 9.30am–11.30am, Tuesday 24 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki  
  • 1.00pm–3.00pm, Monday 30 January 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 
  • 6.30pm–8.30pm, Monday 20 February 2023 – hosted by Oranga Tamariki 

Sign up for an individual interview

You can request an individual interview by emailing Disability.Strategy@ot.govt.nz with your details. Please include your full name and contact details.  

A disability strategy team member will get in touch to enquire about a time that would work for you. 

Published: December 16, 2022