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ANZEA Conference 2022
10 - 12 October 2022 | Te Papa, Wellington
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Wednesday, October 12 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
C.07 Implications of historical social policy on current day evaluative practices

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This workshop/presentation is based on the research into Māori involvement in State Care 1950-1999 for the Royal Commission into State Care Abuse (Savage et al., 2021).

The research involved qualitative and quantitative analyses, including an integrative literature review of 482 documents (primary research, archival material and publicly available reports and paper.

Gaps in document analyses formed the basis of semi-structured interviews. The twenty-six participants were Māori and non-Māori, including former Department of Social Welfare staff, community service providers and people involved in the development and implementation of Puao-Te-Ata-Tū and the Children’s Young Persons and their Families Act.

Results presented in the report emphasise the devastating, intergenerational harms that tamariki Māori and whānau have experienced through enduring, systemic and structural racism across the state care system. These findings are not new, given a large part of analysis is drawn from published material and also highlighted in inquiries and reviews.

However, report analysis brings together in one place, a compilation of information relating to Māori
overrepresentation and Māori experiences of the state care system during the review period (1950-1999). Synthesis of this research identifies a number of social policies, Government actions and inactions, that perpetuated Māori over-representation and differential treatment in the state care and justice system.

This workshop discusses a number of implications arising from historical social policy on current day evaluation practices in the social sector. The purpose of this presentation is to look back into the past in order to understand how structural inequities continue to impact on Māori in the present day.


Wednesday October 12, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm NZDT
Te Huinga Centre - Rangimarie Room 2