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Visionary appointment for all youth in Aotearoa

Letter

I was very pleased to read about the appointment of Glenis Philip-Barbara to her new position working with the Commissioner of Children. I am inspired by her approach. Glenis is a community advocate who acknowledges the importance of Te Tiriti o Waitangi in practice in the work that she does. Local councils and government departments nationwide now have an example that illuminates a way forward for them working with communities through the principles of Te Tiriti o Waitangi.

I commend Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft for his progressive decision that is action-orientated and visionary for the benefit of “all young people in Aotearoa”.

Ian Procter

Ngaa ati Uepoohatu

  1. G R Webb says:

    so Mr Proctor, what is Andrew Becroft’s action plan? I haven’t been able to find it.

    1. Tony says:

      Hope this will assist G R Webb. The annual report 2019 at https://www.occ.org.nz/publications/corporate-documents/annual-report-2019/ provides an outline of the Commissioner’s plans for the following 12 months. In addition, the Commissioner’s briefing of the incoming government in 2017 provides a wealth of information about the structure, priorities, goals and plans of the Office. This is the link to download the pdf file: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwi51papqLPsAhUfyzgGHbM3DOcQFjACegQIAhAC&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.occ.org.nz%2Fassets%2FUploads%2FChildrens-Commissioner-BIM-2017.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2PEhfN4YXEwEkQPTDemerf

      I hope you are able to find these useful but maybe you already have these and prefer a simple bulleted list of action points.

      1. G R Webb says:

        I remember appearing in the Environment Court some years ago and hearing Judge Whiting scowling about some policy in a District Plan and referring to them as “weasel words”. The 2010 Annual Report of the Children’s Commissioner has as one of its Priorities “sponsor and contribute to work on preventing child abuse and neglect in families and to preventing violence in the other settings in which children live”. Nothing changes. Our present Government has not made great inroads into the problem. Instead of blaming an agency for acting in accordance with Family Court Orders to uplift children who are in dangerous domestic situations, one can only hope the Commissioner will actually achieve something in addressing the root causes of family violence. The espoused waffle is less than convincing.

        1. Tony says:

          Thank you G R Webb

  2. Joe Naden says:

    Judge Andrew Becroft has a reputation second to none in dealing with the difficulties facing children, especially Maori children who are under attack in so many aspects of their lives as they struggle to reach adulthood and achieve a peaceful and happy existence. Judge Becroft deals with these matters in both prevention and when prevention fails, and the Maori child faces the law. He has worked in the field for several years and has gathered around him a team of experts whose combined expertise is not be sneered at by individuals such as G R Webb.
    Ka tika to korero Ian, he wahine toa a Glenis.

    1. G R Webb says:

      Matthew 7:16