Oranga Tamariki Act 1989
Children’s and Young People’s Well-being Act 1989

Part 1 General objects, principles, and duties

General objects

4 Objects

The object of this Act is to promote the well-being of children, young persons, and their families and family groups by—

(a)

establishing and promoting, and assisting in the establishment and promotion, of services and facilities within the community that will advance the well-being of children, young persons, and their families and family groups and that are—

(i)

appropriate having regard to the needs, values, and beliefs of particular cultural and ethnic groups; and

(ii)

accessible to and understood by children and young persons and their families and family groups; and

(iii)

provided by persons and organisations sensitive to the cultural perspectives and aspirations of different racial groups in the community:

(b)

assisting parents, families, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family groups to discharge their responsibilities to prevent their children and young persons suffering harm, ill-treatment, abuse, neglect, or deprivation:

(c)

assisting children and young persons and their parents, family, whanau, hapu, iwi, and family group where the relationship between a child or young person and his or her parents, family, whanau, hapu, iwi, or family group is disrupted:

(d)

assisting children and young persons in order to prevent them from suffering harm, ill-treatment, abuse, neglect, and deprivation:

(e)

providing for the protection of children and young persons from harm, ill-treatment, abuse, neglect, and deprivation:

(f)

ensuring that where children or young persons commit offences,—

(i)

they are held accountable, and encouraged to accept responsibility, for their behaviour; and

(ii)

they are dealt with in a way that acknowledges their needs and that will give them the opportunity to develop in responsible, beneficial, and socially acceptable ways:

(g)

encouraging and promoting co-operation between organisations engaged in providing services for the benefit of children and young persons and their families and family groups.

Compare: 1974 No 72 s 3