The Social Investment Agency (SIA) is currently travelling Aotearoa to talk to people who use social services, and NGOs and government agencies that provide social services, about two topics.
1. The Government’s investing for social wellbeing approach.
The Government wants to help improve people’s wellbeing so that New Zealanders can live the lives they aspire to. The Government has developed a new approach to investing in New Zealanders wellbeing that takes into account that people lead diverse lives with different needs, and enables choices that build individual, family and community wellbeing.
The SIA wants to hear what people think about the approach, and how it could be put into practice.
2. A policy to guide the protection and use of personal information in the social sector.
Information collection, sharing and use, play an important role in helping the most effective services be provided to the people who need them. New Zealanders’ need confidence that those using and sharing their information are doing so safely and everyone understands what’s appropriate, what’s not and whether their personal information needs to be collected at all.
The SIA wants to hear the circumstances and concerns that different groups have in relation to the collection
and use of personal information, and what could be done to improve what currently happens. The SIA are engaging with service users, NGOs and government agencies to get feedback and input through a series of hui around the country. There will also be two online surveys, one for each topic that anyone can fill in to have their say. This input will then inform the Government’s investing for social wellbeing approach and the development of
the Data Protection and Use Policy.
Engagement began on 31 May when Minister Sepuloni and Minister Henare opened the first hui in South Auckland. The SIA will be heading to Waikato in June to talk to NGOs about the two topics. The SIA will be seeking input and feedback through hui and online until the end of August 2018. Please check out the SIA’s website to find out more about the work they are doing, and provide your input through the surveys.