Working with others
We are a Ministry founded on a fundamentally different approach – one of listening and learning, ensuring that the voices of children and young people, families, whānau, hapū and iwi, alongside caregivers, Māori organisations and NGO partners, are at the centre as we co-design a new way of doing things.
Partnerships drive transformational change
Section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act provides our practical duty to the Treaty of Waitangi and sets out responsibilities to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori working alongside whānau, hapū, Iwi and Māori.
As part of transformation change through section 7AA, we welcome invitations from iwi and Māori organisations to enter into a strategic partnership. We expect partnerships with iwi and Māori to drive change across our core services. We can only do better for tamariki and rangatahi Māori and their whānau in partnership with others.
Partnerships with Māori
We also have a Memorandum of Understanding with others including Ngāti Porou, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngāti Tūwharetoa, the Taupo Collective Impact governance group and the New Zealand Maori Council. Signed relationship redress agreements are held with several other iwi, as part of their Treaty Settlement. We expect in time the iwi will initiate some more intensive work with us.
Other partners and providers
We work closely with other partner agencies and providers to ensure we meet the needs of children and young people. These range from organisations and government agencies such as Police, the Ministry of Health, NGOs, to community groups, local bodies and businesses – we all have a part to play.