Wellbeing Budget 2021

Securing
Our Recovery

Oranga Tamariki

Continuing to Meet the Assessed Needs of Children in Oranga Tamariki's Care

This initiative provides funding to meet the increased costs of meeting children's assessed needs, including educational, health and therapeutic interventions. This will allow children's assessed needs to continue to be met in line with Oranga Tamariki's statutory obligations.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 17.240 - - - 17.240 -

Continuing to Support Social Service Delivery for Community Services Providers

This initiative provides funding to restore the previous pay differential between Oranga Tamariki and non-governmental organisation partner social workers that was widened by the Oranga Tamariki social worker pay equity settlement. This will support non-governmental organisation partners to recruit and retain social workers and will contribute to the long-term sustainability of the social sector.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 8.500 8.030 - - 16.530 -

Crown Response to the Abuse in Care Inquiry

This initiative provides funding to ensure the Crown can continue to engage with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and Faith-Based Institutions in a timely, collaborative and coordinated manner. This will be achieved through continued funding for a Secretariat to drive the coordinated Crown approach, legal support for representation, specialist records support, training and support to non-governmental organisations and Crown entities, and support for affected staff. The funding will ensure the Crown's response is proportionate to the Inquiry's scale.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 8.489 - - - 8.489 -
Courts 0.599 - - - 0.599 -
Education 1.000 - - - 1.000 -
Health 0.750 - - - 0.750 -
Internal Affairs 3.368 - - - 3.368 0.090
Justice 0.390 - - - 0.390 -
Māori Development 0.150 - - - 0.150 -

Improving Financial Assistance for Caregivers

This initiative provides funding to remove the remaining disparities in standardised payments between caregivers receiving the Orphan's Benefit (OB) or the Unsupported Child's Benefit (UCB) and those receiving the Foster Care Allowance (FCA). It increases the base rate of the OB and UCB by $30 per week for children aged 0-4 years and by $10 per week for children aged 5 years and over. It also provides for a small increase to the nappy payment for caregivers receiving the OB, UCB and FCA, to better reflect the cost of nappies. Updating the standardised payments will support greater placement stability for children being looked after by caregivers.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 0.151 0.488 0.489 0.488 1.616 -
Social Development 4.151 16.277 17.130 17.979 55.537 -

Oranga Tamariki Corporate Systems Replacement Programme

This initiative provides funding to continue Oranga Tamariki's corporate systems replacement programme. This programme will replace high-risk and obsolete finance, human resources and payroll technologies and deliver transformational improvements. It will also allow for the technological separation from the Ministry of Social Development for these systems.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 6.111 7.790 7.864 7.816 29.581 15.965

Preventing Family Violence and Sexual Violence: Working with Communities and Whānau to Support Parents and Reduce Risk

This initiative provides funding for the Strategies for Kids - Information for Parents (SKIP) community prevention programme. SKIP builds community capability and equips parents with evidence-based strategies focused on the early years, which are critical to child development. Funding for this initiative will: (a) increase the Local Initiative Fund, which provides grants to innovative community initiatives; and (b) provide funding for community connectors to support whānau, develop accessible tools and guidance, and deliver training in the community. This initiative will contribute to improved outcomes for tamariki Māori and reduce inequities for whānau Māori and Pacific peoples.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 1.142 1.808 2.402 2.648 8.000 -

Supporting Continued Operations of Oranga Tamariki

This initiative provides funding to meet the increased costs of maintaining Oranga Tamariki's operations. This will primarily fund increased remuneration costs for staff in line with employment agreements, as well as rents, insurances and utilities. This will allow Oranga Tamariki to continue to deliver programmes and services to support the wellbeing of children and their families.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Oranga Tamariki 26.643 29.122 - - 55.765 -

Supporting Partners and Enhancing the Wellbeing of Tamariki and Whānau in Greatest Need

This initiative provides funding for Oranga Tamariki to enable Māori partners to lead a shift in the way that Government supports tamariki and whānau with the greatest needs. Funding will assist Oranga Tamariki and whānau, hapū and iwi to ensure that tamariki Māori are thriving. This includes funding for partners to build capacity and develop solutions. Funding is provided in tagged contingency for one year only, pending the review of Oranga Tamariki which is now underway.

Vote 2021/22 2022/23 2023/24 2024/25 Operating
Total
Capital
Total
Tagged contingency 23.426 - - - 23.426 -
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