“ACT was proud to stand alongside youth advocate for young people in care Ihorangi Reweti-Peters as he outlined his opposition to the Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill at Parliament today,” says ACT’s Social Development spokesperson Karen Chhour.
“It takes great courage for young people who have been victims to speak up. It speaks to the importance of the subject that Ihorangi, who is only 16 years old, was compelled to organise a press conference and travel to Wellington for this opportunity.
“More than 400 submissions have been made on this bill, only eight were supportive. It is the Government’s duty to consider this overwhelming feedback.
“This bill should not proceed any further. It has been made clear that this bill will not fix or even improve the issues it was introduced to address, in fact it is likely to make them worse.
“When I grew up dealing with Child, Youth and Family, I never felt like I was listened to. I have been contacted by people who feel similarly let down and that they’re not worthy of being heard in regard to this bill. That’s not right.
“I hope that Carmel Sepuloni was watching and listening today. She owes it to New Zealand’s most vulnerable to listen to their feedback and not progress with this bill.”
ACT attempts to fix broken Oranga Tamariki Bill
“ACT has proposed a series of common-sense amendments to Labour’s derided Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill, aiming to improve the legislation so that it works for the vulnerable kids who should be at the centre of this law-making process,” says ACT’s Social Development spokesperson Karen Chhour.
Sepuloni, takes ACT’s OT initiative but not far enough, ignores vigil
“Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has taken inspiration from my proposed amendments on the Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People’s Commission Bill, but she hasn’t taken it far enough,” says ACT’s Social Development spokesperson Karen Chhour.
Wake up and listen, Minister Sepuloni
“Minister Sepuloni needs to put her ego to one side and start listening to the overwhelming feedback being delivered on the Oranga Tamariki Oversight Bill,” says ACT’s Social Development spokesperson Karen Chhour.