Ngāi Tahu make history in formal partnership with Oranga Tamariki under new legislation

Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu congratulates Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu on becoming the first iwi in the country to sign a strategic partnership with Oranga Tamariki under the new legislation [Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017].    

Ngāi Tahu has negotiated a strategic partnership in order to improve outcomes for Ngāi Tahu children, young persons, and their whānau who come to the attention of the department.

“We congratulate Gráinne Moss, (Chief Executive, Oranga Tamariki) and Arihia Bennett, (Te Kaihautū of Te Runanga o Ngāi Tahu on making history today. The incentive to collaborate in the context of mana tamariki; whakapapa and whanaungatanga is a vital thread of connection that we can all share,” says Helen Leahy, Pouārahi, Chief Executive, Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu, (Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency for the South Island).

The legislation introduced the concept of a strategic partnership to enable inclusive ways of finding and building solutions for whānau in the best interests of Māori children. Partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations and authorities will guide Oranga Tamariki in  setting expectations and targets to improve outcomes for Māori children and enable the robust, regular, and genuine exchange of information between parties.

 “In light of the disproportionately high numbers of whānau that have a relationship with Oranga Tamariki, such partnerships are obviously fundamental towards both reducing the numbers and providing the best possible outcomes for tamariki and whānau that come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki,” says Ms Leahy.

“It’s a great step to see Ngāi Tahu boldly standing up for whānau, wherever they are. Te Pūtahitanga look forward to supporting them, our eight other iwi partners and other Māori organisations in the realisation of such partnerships with Oranga Tamariki,” says Ms Leahy.

“We see this as a perfect opportunity to tap in the wide networks of Mokopuna Ora entities and roles that exist, particularly with Whānau Ora Navigators and Connectors.  Iwi and marae networks and Tū Pono collectives will help to ensure a high level of strategic leadership is taken to priorities that matter most for tamariki and whānau”.

“Iwi and Māori organisations must be around the table if we are to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori and it is so positive that the Act acknowledges this and makes it possible,” ends Ms Leahy.

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About us: Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu is a Commissioning Agency that works on behalf of the iwi in the South Island to support and enable whānau to create sustained social impact.  We do this by developing and investing in ideas and initiatives to improve outcomes for Māori, underpinned by whānau-centered principles and strategies; these include emergency preparedness and disaster recovery.  Te Pūtahitanga o Te Waipounamu also invests in Navigator roles to support and build whānau capability.   




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