Oranga Tamariki Bill passes third reading
The second stage of major reform to New Zealand’s care and protection system reached a key milestone yesterday with the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill passing its third reading.
The Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989 will be renamed the Oranga Tamariki Act 1989, with an accompanying title of the Children’s and Young People’s Well-being Act 1989.
A small number of amendments will take effect following Royal Assent, while the majority will come into force by 1 July 2019.
- changes the purposes and principles of the Act to place children and young people at the centre of decision-making and consider them within the context of their families, whānau, hapū, iwi, family groups, and broader networks and communities
- allows young people to remain or return to living with a caregiver until the age of 21, with transition support and advice available up to age 25
- strengthens information sharing provisions to keep vulnerable children and young people safe from harm
- extends the youth justice system to include most 17-year-olds (excluding those charged with specified serious offences)
- enhances the complaints processes.