Family Court (Supporting Children in Court) Legislation Bill amendments

Supporting more participation for tamariki and rangatahi

While VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai did not directly make a submission to the Justice Committee on the amendments to this Bill, we strongly support and celebrate their report which has recommended updates be made to the Bill.

This Bill highlights “the importance of listening to children and taking their views into consideration when decisions are being made about their care or contact” (p.2). The amendments include specifying tamariki and rangatahi “must be given reasonable opportunities to participate in any decisions affecting them” when before the Family Court, regardless of “age and maturity” (p.4).

Ngā mihi nui to all those who supported the mahi for the Select Committee submissions, and to all of you who are supporting our young people’s voices every day.