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To: Every New Zealand politician
6 PROMISES FOR 6000 (CHILDREN IN THE STATE CARE SYSTEM)
Kia ora Members of Parliament,
Whakarongo mai, whakarongo mai. Please listen to our young voices, and make these 6 PROMISES to the more than 6000 tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) currently in state care in Aotearoa New Zealand – and to those who come into state care in the future:
1. I promise New Zealand will honour its duty of parental care to you and provide for you.
2. I promise to prioritise stability for you throughout your life
3. I promise you will be given the support and means to participate and pursue your education goals and aspirations.
4. I promise that you will have timely access to the health services you need.
5. I promise to ensure you have a say in all the decisions made about you while in care.
6. I promise to support you to develop your identity, know your whakapapa and grow your sense of self.
Why is this important?
Aotearoa New Zealand has over 6000 children and young people in our state care system. VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai believes 6 PROMISES must be made to them. These are promises you would want to make to your children should they ever be in a position to need the care system. We are putting a call out to every New Zealander to compel their elected representatives to stand behind these promises and ensure they are fulfilled.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai worked with care experienced young people to come up with 6 PROMISES FOR 6000 – a call to all those running for elected office to agree to uphold six basic asks. Our Members of Parliament are uniquely placed to deliver on these promises. With your support, we can amplify the voice of children and young people in care and seek political commitment to these promises. Through a groundswell movement of people across Aotearoa, we would like to see all our politicians sign up to these 6 PROMISES to ensure the care system becomes a truly caring system.
Please sign the petition asking all elected representatives to commit to these 6 PROMISES. Also, please express your support for the movement via your social channels using #6promises.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai was created by children with care experience for children with care experience. Established in 2017, VOYCE is an independent organisation that helps to advocate for more than 6000 young people young children living with whānau or foster families, all over New Zealand. We exist to amplify the voices of tamariki and rangatahi and ensure they are at the centre of all conversations and decisions being made within the care sector. We see the potential, abilities and strengths apparent in the care community every day and know we can have a system that ensures they realise their full potential. Thank you for your support.