Supplementary Order Paper No 339

No 339

House of Representatives

Supplementary Order Paper

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

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

Proposed amendment

Marama Fox, in Committee, to move the following amendment:

Clause 8

In clause 8, new section 5(1)(b), replace subparagraph (iii) (page 19, lines 27 and 28) with:

(iia)

the relationship between children and young persons who come to the attention of the department and their family, whānau, hapū, iwi, family group, and siblings should be maintained and strengthened:

(iii)

subject to subparagraph (iia), the child’s or young person’s need for a safe, stable, and loving home should be addressed:

Explanatory note

This Supplementary Order Paper amends clause 8 in the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill. We propose shifting the focus, from supporting a child’s connection to whānau, hapū, and iwi, to maintaining a child’s connection to whānau, hapū, and iwi. While a “safe, stable, and loving home” from the earliest opportunity is important, it should not be at the expense of maintaining and strengthening the relationship between children and young persons who come to the attention of the department and their family, whānau, hapū, iwi, family group, and siblings.

We remain concerned that the onus in the new system will be on establishing permanent placement, undertaken within a prescribed timeline to ensure efficiencies, rather than taking active steps to ensure the child can return to their whānau, where appropriate, and maintain their whakapapa links.