Tuesday, May 14, 2024

Karen Chhour: Government puts children first by repealing 7AA

Legislation to repeal section 7AA of the Oranga Tamariki Act has been introduced to Parliament.

The Bill’s introduction reaffirms the Coalition Government’s commitment to the safety of children in care, says Minister for Children, Karen Chhour.

“While section 7AA was introduced with good intentions, it creates a conflict for Oranga Tamariki when making decisions in the best interests of the child or young person.

“I consider that section 7AA allows the treatment of children and young people as an identity group first, and a person second, it creates a divisive system that has had a negative impact on caregivers.

“This repeal will make sure that Oranga Tamariki is entirely child-centric and is making decisions that ensure a child’s wellbeing and best interest.

“Over successive years, Oranga Tamariki has failed our most vulnerable children, and in part that has been because of s7AA.

“Removing s7AA from the Act reinforces the need to put the safety of the child first,” says Ms Chhour.

This Bill does not stop the consideration of cultural wellbeing of children and young people in the care of Oranga Tamariki.

“I have indicated to Oranga Tamariki that existing strategic partnerships with iwi and Māori organisations will continue, and the repeal would not prevent Oranga Tamariki from entering into further strategic partnership agreements with iwi or Māori organisations.

“However, I believe section 7AA has placed some duties on the chief executive that are at odds with the agency’s primary purpose, which is to support the wellbeing of our most vulnerable and at-risk children.”

Hon Karen Chhour is the Minister for Children and for the Prevention of Family and Sexual Violence. Karen grew up interacting with the state care system. This article was first published HERE


Anna Mouse said...

Karen, the government along with your chain is being yanked by the people at OT and the Waitangi Tribunal.

The time has come for the coalition to yank back harder and pull the arms off the thing these activists have become.

If the coalition doesn't act to disestablish the WT and fix OT for good nothing will ever change.

Time for the coalition to take the action they promised and find the resolve the voters expect and expected....

Anonymous said...

Clever move by ACT to quickly introduce the Bill to Parliament - before the overturned court decision could be activated.

This affirms the supremacy of Parliament - so often ignored now by the courts.

Fred H. said...

Yes, it is passed time that the Waitangi Tribunal was abolished, the Waitangi Act 1975 repealed, and the Hugh Kawharu translation to English of the Treaty of Waitangi be replaced with the Littlewood Final English Draft from which the actual Treaty of Waitangi was translated into the Maori language of 1840, not some newly manufactured language of 1989.

This is the basis for which the majority of the Electorate voted National, ACT and NZ First to Govern New Zealand. If the Coalition fails to carry out the wishes of the voters they will be a One Term Wonder.

Anonymous said...

A very determined lady , she has my support , she is one of the reasons I voted for act , I hope she doesn’t mind me saying that I compare her to Jacinta price , a colour blind person with only wanting the best for our more unfortunate people. Thankyou Karen for fighting for what you know is right ,