Poor financial management forces Oranga Tamariki to review the funding used in the 2019-2020 budget

“The issues and shortcomings identified in the management of these programs are of particular concern,” Te Kani told Davis.

“The Radio NZ article of 26 May 2022 provides another example of weaknesses in Oranga Tamariki’s financial management systems and processes,” it added.

He announced he was taking the “additional step” of having his chief internal auditor review all core funding secured by OT in the 2019 budget, from government and agencies like the Department of Housing and Development. Urban development for supported housing.

“We will give you this notice at the end of June,” he told the minister.

Mismanagement led to the loss of more than $4 million of the $11 million allocated in 2019-20 for crisis support and harmful sexual behavior services, as revealed by RNZ last December. A total of $41 million was budgeted, but has now been diverted to another part of OT to develop the services alongside iwi.

Elsewhere in the briefing, it is stated that this broader spending review actually began in December 2021, in “OT financial management and controls to minimize the risk of the issues outlined in this report reoccurring.”

“Furthermore, we have already begun to address some of the more obvious weaknesses, including in relation to the need to strengthen our financial controls,” the May 26 briefing said.

The briefing lists 30 community providers who are now receiving a share of the $41 million funding, which spanned four years to 2022/23. Although Oranga Tamariki has launched an agency-wide reset to prioritize a new Maori-centric approach, only a third of these providers are Maori.


Geraldine L. Melton