VOYCE LAUNCHES ELECTION 2020 DRIVE TO GET REPRESENTATIVES RUNNING FOR PARLIAMENT TO STAND BEHIND ‘6 PROMISES FOR 6000’ CHILDREN IN STATE CARE.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai exists to amplify the voices of tamariki and rangatahi (children and young people) and ensure they are at the centre of all conversations and decisions made about them during their time in care. The organisation was co-designed by young people with care experience for young people with care experience.
VOYCE worked with care experienced rangatahi from the VOYCE National Youth Council to create 6 PROMISES FOR 6000. It is call to all those running for elected office to agree to uphold six basic asks when they make it into parliament – where they will be uniquely placed to both ensure and monitor that the next Government delivers on these promises.
Our petition was launched on OurActionStation on Wednesday 09 September 2020. Through a groundswell movement of people across Aotearoa we would like to see all New Zealand elected representatives sign up to these 6 PROMISES FOR 6000 to ensure the care system becomes a truly caring system.
We see the potential abilities and strengths apparent in the care community every day, and with public support feel we can all play a part in ensuring these promises are kept. Our wish for Aotearoa is a truly ‘caring system’ that helps these 6000 children and young people live up to their great promise.
- ‘Six promises for 6000’ – Youth-led petition calls on MPs to increase quality of state care – SUN SEP 13: 1 NEWS
- “Giving a voice to our tamariki in state care” TVNZ Breakfast interview TUE SEP 15
Giving a voice to our tamariki in state care
“If you’re going to intervene, if you’re going to remove us from our families, then do a better job. And provide us with better than what we were given in the first place.” A campaign established by young people who have been in state care is highlighting the areas where we’re failing our tamariki, and how we can do better. Mana Williams-Ead and Tupua Urlich from VOYCE - Whakarongo Mai (Voice of the Young and Care Experienced) join us to explain their call for Aotearoa to commit to six promises to protect our children in care. You can find their petition here: https://our.actionstation.org.nz/petitions/6-promises-for-6000-children-in-the-state-care-systemPosted by Breakfast on Monday, September 14, 2020