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

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8 Parents and others to be informed of decisions

(1)

Where any person takes any action, or makes any decision, under this Act that significantly affects any child or young person, that person shall ensure that, wherever practicable, the following persons are informed, as soon as practicable, of that action or decision and of the reasons for it:

(a)

every person who is a parent or guardian of, or a person having the care of, the child or young person:

(b)

the child or young person.

(2)

It is not necessary to inform a child or young person of any action or decision if—

(a)

that child or young person is incapable of understanding it; or

(b)

it is plainly not in the child’s or young person’s interests to be so informed.

(3)

The information required by subsection (1) to be given to any person shall be given—

(a)

orally and, where practicable, in writing; and

(b)

where practicable, in a manner and in language that the person understands.