Making New Zealand the best place in the world to be a child


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The Prime Minister has set ambitious, decade long, goals to reduce child poverty and significantly improve child well-being. These will be reported every year and be supported by a comprehensive strategy for child wellbeing.

There has been a long history of government focus on children. The goal to reduce child poverty in half is challenging and demands an honest assessment where things have not worked and the determination to take a fresh approach.

An approach informed by multiple disciplines, and drawn from insights from children at risk, families, caseworkers, all the way up to central policy makers -- underpinned by data and evidence.

A central focus has already been created through Oranga Tamariki—Ministry for Children. As ministries develop their portfolio initiatives, there is a real opportunity to employ different strategic approaches, built around a modern integrated intelligent platform that empowers social workers, providers, communities and public agencies.

For too long social workers have flown blind with their knowledge of at risk kids, the history and insight of decades of case notes and social agency interaction buried in filing boxes. Years of experience and insight lost.

At the same time policy makers have made advances in discrete areas such as education and health, but have struggled to develop an effective operational model focussed on the overall impact of intervention. And much of the data that enables real insights about the root causes of child poverty remains untapped.

Around the world there have been rapid advances in human services design and delivery, including smart case management, sophisticated risk assessment and notification systems, and data modelling and analysis.

New Zealand has been a global leader in service design. We have come to a point where governments can now meaningfully deploy these strategies as part of a holistic approach to drive an integrated and evidence based approach to human services and child wellbeing.

Speakers at the seminar will include Victoria University Professor, Jonathan Boston, Deputy CEO Ministry for Social Development, Nic Blakeley, the lead for the NZ DIA Service Innovation Lab, Pia Andrews and GBS Managing Partner (IBM), Bettina Baer. We are looking forward to a strong discussion with all participants as we consider these challenging goals.

Join us as we explore what this approach could best be, and how modern best of breed systems, practices and digital thinking, can be successfully employed to promote sustained child wellbeing and poverty reduction. We look forward to your insights.


When Thursday 19 April 2018
Where The Tamburini Room, QT Museum Wellington, 90 Cable Street, Te Aro, Wellington 

Time Seminar and breakfast to be held 8.00am – 10.00am

There will be a mix of speakers and panelists. We will update these details as they are settled. 

For more information or questions about the seminar, please email Nicklas Wikblad:

Please note, seminar is for public sector executives only. If you are unable to attend and believe a senior agency colleague could benefit, please send your request through to Nicklas. There is no charge to attend, but seats are limited so RSVP is required for attendance.


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