'I don't trust the government to deliver'
State care survivor turned-advocate for VOYCE Tupua Urlich says the legislation, as currently drafted, would provide oversight with less independence than what currently exists. Photo: RNZ/ Samuel Rillstone
The Oversight of Oranga Tamariki System and Children and Young People's Commission Bill passed its first reading on 16 November 2021.
The bill would set up a monitor for Oranga Tamariki, replace the children's commissioner with a Children and Young Person's Commission and expand the investigative powers of the Ombudsman.
It has been broadly pitched as extra safeguards for children living in state care but advocacy groups are concerned about the finer details and speed at which the legislation is progressing.