Govt 'bulldozing'

Oranga Tamariki Bill through

An advocate for children in care says changes to a government agency before a law has passed show the government is "bulldozing" through a law regarding oversight of Oranga Tamariki.

Two government agencies will be directly affected by a proposed law on oversight of Oranga Tamariki.

If the bill passes it will create new roles for the Education Review Office (ERO) and the Ombudsman's office.  However, the two agencies are responding in different ways to the proposed law - the Ombudsman's office is restructuring and recruiting new staff while ERO is waiting until the proposed legislation is passed before it makes any changes. 

In response to emailed questions about his response to the bill the Chief Ombudsman Judge Peter Boshier said his office was expanding its current role in reviewing complaints about government to include a specific role regarding Oranga Tamariki. 

Link to article: Govt 'bulldozing' Oranga Tamariki Bill through (msn.com)


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