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To: Every New Zealand politician



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.

Reasons for signing

  • As a caregiver for Oranga Tamariki I have witnessed the sad truth that only lip service is given to some of these basic human rights. Social workers are empowered by OT to disregard these promises on a whim and appear to be accountable to no-one. The wrong people are making decisions for children in care and a new modus operandi is urgently genuinely complies with these principles. So sad that this petition is necessary!
  • I myself knows how it feels to be put in foster homes & family homes I've been moved round and put in respite care etc I'm signing this petition because i want youth to have access too these 6 promises in the future because unfortunately i didn't have the opportunity to have access to some of these 6 promises while being in a family home etc 😁
  • I think this is a very nice initiative and hopefully changes a bit our focus on those who a e not usually in the headlines (and if they make it to the headlines then for all the wrong and sad reasons ..)


2020-09-17 13:41:40 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2020-09-15 08:37:32 +1200

500 signatures reached

2020-09-10 07:49:38 +1200

100 signatures reached

2020-09-09 20:15:15 +1200

50 signatures reached

2020-09-09 18:34:43 +1200

25 signatures reached

2020-09-09 17:46:13 +1200

10 signatures reached