Two months into our new Ministry, I’m delighted to see the difference Ministry staff and our partners are making for children and families. People are hard at work, putting our values into action with innovation and heart.
Our staff in the Bay of Plenty, working with the aftermath of the floods for instance, looked after tamariki first, forming part of the wider government response and creating extra layers of care for children.
They also thought, what next? What happens over the holidays for these tamariki and their whānau. This led to work with Whakatane Blue Light and the police to run a fully funded camp for Edgecumbe College students.
There is the team in South Auckland who worked relentlessly to find three siblings a foster family within their hapū. A group of persistent people who kept asking ‘how can I put kids at the centre?’ and who weren’t afraid to work differently to get a result for them.
I want to focus on what we are doing and how we will do things in a different way to achieve better outcomes. We are dealing with harm that has already happened, and early interventions to prevent it.
That means working with families and our partners to strengthen positive, stable care at home, from conception all the way to adulthood.
Again, thank you for working with us to make a difference for children.