Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Act 2017

14 New section 7AA inserted (Duties of chief executive in relation to Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi))

After section 7, insert:

7AA Duties of chief executive in relation to Treaty of Waitangi (Tiriti o Waitangi)

(1)

The duties of the chief executive set out in subsection (2) are imposed in order to recognise and provide a practical commitment to the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi (te Tiriti o Waitangi).

(2)

The chief executive must ensure that—

(a)

the policies and practices of the department that impact on the well-being of children and young persons have the objective of reducing disparities by setting measurable outcomes for Māori children and young persons who come to the attention of the department:

(b)

the policies, practices, and services of the department have regard to mana tamaiti (tamariki) and the whakapapa of Māori children and young persons and the whanaungatanga responsibilities of their whānau, hapū, and iwi:

(c)

the department seeks to develop strategic partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations, including iwi authorities, in order to—

(i)

provide opportunities to, and invite innovative proposals from, those organisations to improve outcomes for Māori children, young persons, and their whānau who come to the attention of the department:

(ii)

set expectations and targets to improve outcomes for Māori children and young persons who come to the attention of the department:

(iii)

enable the robust, regular, and genuine exchange of information between the department and those organisations:

(iv)

provide opportunities for the chief executive to delegate functions under this Act or regulations made under this Act to appropriately qualified people within those organisations:

(v)

provide, and regularly review, guidance to persons discharging functions under this Act to support cultural competency as a best-practice feature of the department’s workforce:

(vi)

agree on any action both or all parties consider is appropriate.

(3)

One or more iwi or Māori organisations may invite the chief executive to enter into a strategic partnership.

(4)

The chief executive must consider and respond to any invitation.

(5)

The chief executive must report to the public at least once a year on the measures taken by the chief executive to carry out the duties in subsections (2) and (4), including the impact of those measures in improving outcomes for Māori children and young persons who come to the attention of the department under this Act and the steps to be taken in the immediate future.

(6)

A copy of each report under subsection (5) must be published on an Internet site maintained by the department.