Dr Paula Toko King, Carmel West, Hunia Te Urukaiata Mackay

Kia Tika, Kia Pono – Honouring Truths: ensuring the participatory rights of tamariki and rangatahi who are care experienced

For tamariki (children) and rangatahi (young people), particularly those who currently or at some stage in their lives have been in foster or residential care, participation alongside adults can be a stressful experience, fraught with tensions and anxieties. Yet it also has the potential, through reciprocity, mutual engagement, and shared learning, to uphold mana and affirm them as the experts of their own lives. The challenge is to engage rather than sidestep these complexities, and to do so reflexively and with integrity.

Kia Tika, Kia Pono – Honouring Truths is an ethical framework that was co-created with rangatahi who are care experienced. Kia Tika, Kia Pono is intended for use by organisations and others working across the range of sectors and services that seek to engage tamariki and rangatahi who are care experienced in governance, policy making, service design, research or media. Grounded in Te Tiriti o Waitangi and participatory rights frameworks, Kia Tika, Kia Pono centres the knowledge, voices, and priorities of rangatahi with care experience, and is given life by their passionate investment in creating positive change for tamariki and rangatahi involved with the care system. Kia Tika, Kia Pono can be found at the following link: https://voyce.org.nz/kiatikakiapono/

Speaker Bios

Dr Paula Toko King

Te Aupōuri, Te Rarawa, Ngāpuhi, Ngāti Whātua, Waikato Tainui, Ngāti Maniapoto

Te Rōpū Rangahau Hauora a Eru Pōmare, University of Otago

Paula is a public health medicine specialist and Kaupapa Māori researcher. Her research approach is informed by Indigenous ways of being, knowing, relating and doing, and centres Indigenous world-perspectives and lived experiential realities, acknowledging the fluid ways in which we seek and construct knowledge.

Carmel West

VOYCE (Voice Of the Young and Care Experienced) Whakarongo Mai

My name is Carmel and I’m a single mum to two beautiful babies Mana'aki and Mahurangi. I was in foster care for 17 years. l was an ECE teacher but now I’m a stay at home mum. I just finished my youth worker course and am hoping to carry this on. I love sharing my story to be able to help other children in and out of foster care.

Hunia Te Urukaiata Mackay

VOYCE (Voice Of the Young and Care Experienced) Whakarongo Mai

Kaihautū Māori VOYCE – whakarongo mai.Ko Whitireia te maungaKo pārirua te awaKō Raukawa te MoanaKo Tainui te wakaKo Ngāti Toa Rangatira te IwiKo Hunia Te Urukaiata Mackay tōku ingoaTihei Mauri Ora!Hunia has had the honour and privilege of working forVOYCE – Whakarongo Mai as Kaihautū Māori for the past five years. His role inthe development of Kia Tika, Kia Pono was to provide advice and guidance from aTe Ao Māori perspective.