Children

  • Campaigns

    Stand with Karen Chhour and colourblind state care

    Should a child ever be taken out of a safe, loving foster home because the child’s foster parents were the ‘wrong’ race? That's what has happened under Labour's 'Section 7AA' of the Oranga Tamariki Act.

    Children's Minister Karen Chhour, who grew up dealing with Child, Youth and Family, is now repealing Section 7AA to ensure the wellbeing of the child, not the Treaty, is Oranga Tamariki's paramount consideration.

    ACT's petition to repeal S7AA was started under the previous Government. We've now reopened it for signatures as the Waitangi Tribunal and its supporters do everything they can to stop Karen's efforts to deliver colourblind, child-centric state care.

    Will you back the Children's Minister as she repeals section 7AA?

    13,772 signatures

    "Removing s7AA from the Act reinforces the need to put the safety of the child first."

    - Hon Karen Chhour
      Minister for Children

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  • Press Releases

    $1,100 of KFC and Maccas for escapees a failure of values

    “What sort of values does it teach when the Government buys youth justice escapees over $1100 worth of fast food for assaulting staff and breaking out? We need to be teaching the values of right and wrong. Not rewarding people for causing chaos,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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  • Press Releases

    Kelvin Davis says ‘not my problem’

    “Children’s Minister Kelvin Davis has no timeline for when the Oranga Tamariki review into the organisation’s youth justice facilities will be completed, and he can’t even be bothered asking,” says ACT’s Children’s spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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  • Press Releases

    Royal Commission report drives home need for real change in the way we care for children

    “Today’s report from the Abuse in Care Royal Commission is difficult reading, but it highlights the importance of fixing the institutions that care for our young people,” says ACT’s Spokesperson for Children Karen Chhour.

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  • Press Releases

    Labour refuses to put children first

    “Tonight Labour has shown they value separating people by race more than ensuring New Zealand children have the best possible chance of living in a safe and loving foster home,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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  • Policies

    An accountable and humane Oranga Tamariki

    Oranga Tamariki has failed our most vulnerable children by avoiding accountability, treating kids as an ethnicity first, and failing to preside over youth justice facilities they never should have been running in the first place.

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  • Press Releases

    A more humane and accountable Oranga Tamariki

    “Oranga Tamariki (OT) has failed our most vulnerable children by avoiding accountability, treating kids as an ethnicity first, and failing to preside over youth justice facilities they never should have been running in the first place” says ACT Party Leader David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    Davis can’t hide behind reviews

    “It was the same old story from Kelvin Davis on Newshub Nation this morning, hiding behind yet another Oranga Tamariki review instead of taking action,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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  • Press Releases

    Enough of the failures, Kelvin Davis must resign

    “Kelvin Davis needs to put his money where his mouth is. If he’s going to call for resignations over scandals in opposition, he should be prepared to stand down himself when he loses control of his department and has the same problems occurring that he was once so vehemently against,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

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  • Press Releases

    Two years of paid leave for OT staff

    “Two years after the Te Oranga youth facility closed its doors amid controversy and an investigation was opened, Oranga Tamariki staff are still on paid leave courtesy of the taxpayer,” says ACT’s Children spokesperson Karen Chhour.

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