WHO ARE WE?

We are VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai, which stands for Voice of the Young and Care Experienced – Listen to me. The multi-coloured sound waves in our logo visually represent the individual and collective voices of children in care, with the semi-circle shape symbolising connection and community. We believe children and young people in care need to be heard and their voices kept at the centre of all the decisions made about them. VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai is a voice from children and young people in care, not an adult voice for them.

We are a community that connects children and young people who have been or are in care. We promote their individual and collective voice so that they can influence the care system to meet their needs and realise their aspirations. Our whakapapa reflects a strong and unique partnership between young people, government, the philanthropic and non-government sectors. We believe that it is only in working together that the vision of building a community of positive, confident and capable care experienced young people will be realised.

HOW WE AMPLIFY YOUR VOICE AND STAND UP FOR YOU?

VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai started small but are pushing for big outcomes that reflect the voice of those in the care system. We now have a presence in Northland via Whangarei and The South Island via Christchurch with plans in motion to be on the ground in Midlands, Napier and Wellington.

With your help and support we will continue to be ardent advocates for children in care, ensuring their voices are heard by government and the care system. We will also continue to actively develop and talk to children in care about what they need, and engage with partners and government in order to positively move things forward.

  • Connect children and young people in care with advocates and trusted adults to help you have your say

  • Support you to share your stories in your words, when key decisions are made which affect you

  • Work alongside Iwi and Māori organisations as well as other groups in the community, who build a support network around children and young people in care

  • VOYCE organises connection events for you to meet, have fun and share ideas with other children and young people in care

  • We’re constantly developing a care-experienced support community, to build an even stronger voice to the system

  • We have established a youth council of care experienced young people who promote the voice of care experience on the big issues affecting you

VOYCE HAS FIVE GUIDING POU

  • RANGATIRATANGA – Build leadership among children and young people in care.

  • TUHONO – Connect children and young people in care with each other and with their significant others.

  • WHAKATAIRANGA – Promote the collective voice of children and young people in care.

  • WHAKAMANA – Advocate with children and young people in care. 

  • WHAI PUKENGA – Help equip children and young people in care for their future. 

Being in care can be challenging from time to time. If you need help, don’t hesitate to reach out.

HELP LINES

THE VOYCE CHIEF EXECUTIVE & BOARD

TRACIE SHIPTON
TRACIE SHIPTON
STEVE FERGUSON
STEVE FERGUSON
JOHN MCCARTHY
JOHN MCCARTHY
MONIQUE GOODHEW
MONIQUE GOODHEW
LIZ MARSDEN
LIZ MARSDEN
ABBIE REYNOLDS
ABBIE REYNOLDS
ZAK QUOR
ZAK QUOR
SHAYNE WALKER
SHAYNE WALKER
MANA WILLIAMS-EADE
MANA WILLIAMS-EADE

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THANK YOU

We would like to recognise all the children and young people who helped create the foundation for VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai to be established.

Without the courageous sharing of your experiences and your honesty and generosity we wouldn’t be here today! Nga mihi nui.

  • The children and young people from the 2013 Auckland Voices of Children in Care hui

  • The 2015 Minister’s Youth Advisory Panel

  • Te Whānau Aroha

  • The young people in care from Dunedin, Rotorua, New Plymouth, Auckland, Ngapuhi and Te Maioha Parekarangi Residence

  • The children and young people from the Dingwall Trust

  • The children and young people from Ngāpuhi Iwi Social Services

  • The co-design group who worked with Curative

  • Children and young people involved in the Dingwall Trust Launch Programme