Green Paper Public Meeting

The government has released the Green Paper document to encourage discussion and to gain a mandate from New Zealanders on how government should respond.  Submissions to the Green Paper will be taken into consideration when forming the White Paper, which then will go through the process of becoming legislation.

On 30 November 2011 a forum and community conversation was held on the Green Paper – Vulnerable Children.  We have attached the presenters notes and what was said by those that attended in response to the Green Paper.

There were several clear messages that came from the forum

1)  It should be about ALL children

2) It should be a cross party agreement NOT a party political issue

We welcome and encourage you to read the notes, comment as part of an online discussion and make a submission to the government regarding this very important topic.

The Green Paper is split into four areas for discussion (taken directly from “Every child thrives, belongs, achieves – The Green Paper for Vulnerable Children” with notes from the forum discussions):

1) Share Responsibility

 Parents & Caregivers – The Government could review its spending on parents to make sure it makes the most difference at the right time , for parents and caregivers of vulnerable children

Communities – The Government will continue to support effective community-led initiatives, work in partnership with communities and remove barriers to communities finding their own solutions

Share Responsibility Notes

2) Show Leadership

Vulnerable Children’s Action Plan – The Government could develop and implement a Vulnerable Children’s Action Plan that includes common goals, targets and clear accountability

Legislation Changes – The Government could make changes to legislation as a way to signal a long-term commitment to achieving results for vulnerable children, create accountability for delivering results, mandate cross-agency reporting, and make any necessary policy or practice changes

Working with whanau, hapu, iwi and Maori leaders – The Government will continue to work in partnership with iwi, hapu and whanau to prevent tamariki becoming vulnerable and protect already vulnerable tamariki

Show Leadership Notes

3) Make Child-Centric Policy Changes

Review Government spending to get better results for vulnerable children – The Government could review its spending on vulnerable children and move its investment into programmes and services that have a sound evidence base.  It could also increasingly target its spending on vulnerable children

Vulnerable child-first allocation policy – Wen allocating services, the Government could prioritise vunlerable children and those who care for them

Make Child-Centred Policy Changes Notes

4) Make Child-Centred Practice Changed

Improving the workforce for children – Highly skilled professionals delivering services in a co-ordinated way will provide better outcomes for vulnerable children.  The Government could invest in its workforce for children

Better connecting vulnerable children to services – Some vulnerable children do not receive services that could make a difference for them.  The Government could improve the responsiveness of services that the adults caring for vulnerable children and their families and whanua receive.

Improving service delivery – The Government could improve how services are delivered so that they are more accessible, acceptable and culturally-appropriate to vulnerable children and their families and whanau

Make Child-Centred Practice Changes Notes

The following people presented at the forum with their views on the Green Paper – along with the link to their presentations:

Dr Nicola Atwool, Principle Advisor – Office of the Commissioner for the Children

Dr Nicola Atwell – Green Paper Presentation

Laura Black, CEO – Dunedin Methodist Mission

Laura Black DMM – Green Paper Presentation

Links to further information

Professor Andrew Bradstock, University of Otago, Theology & Public Issues

presentation will shortly be uploaded

Fact Sheet




The Green Paper for vulnerable children


New resources make it easier to have your say on vulnerable children
We’ve made it easy for New Zealanders to share their ideas on the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children.
Now is your opportunity to contribute and let the Government know what you think should happen. Resources including a freepost form are available at
The Green Paper was launched by the Government in July, and sets out some ideas on how to improve the lives of vulnerable children.
We need lots of feedback on this issue – making changes will involve some tough decisions. Please forward this email to colleagues, networks, friends and family.
You can also use the resources in a variety of ways. Some ideas are to:
 put a link to the Green Paper on your website
 include information and our banner ad in your newsletters/emails
 display posters at places where people gather.
 distribute resources in your offices, at community days and events, or handing them directly to the families that you know and work with
 encourage your staff and work colleagues to talk about the Green Paper and make a submission
 support or hosting community or workplace meetings to talk about the ideas in the Green Paper
 write a submission on behalf of your organisation
Posters and fact sheets are available. You can order printed copies by emailing
Spread the message to other groups in your community that you know and work with – marae, church groups, sports clubs and other local meeting places.
All New Zealanders are urged to have their say by making a submission before 28 February 2012.
For more information visit the Green Paper website.