VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai will begin operating as a new NGO in April 2017.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai will be New Zealand’s first independent connection and advocacy service for children and young people in care.
The service was a recommendation of the expert panel which advised the Government on changes to care and protection of children and young people in New Zealand.
VOYCE – Whakarongo Mai has been developed in partnership between young people with experience of being in care, the government, the philanthropic sector and NGOs. Legislation was passed in Parliament at the end of last year to enable its establishment.
Initial government funding of $1.2 million has helped set-up the new service, with a further $6.9 million to be contributed by the government through to June 2019, to help build its capability.