The CYPF Act was the result of a lengthy process of consultation with various Maori groups following the release of a report entitled Puao-te-Ata-tu (Day Break) by the Ministerial Advisory Committee on a Maori Perspective for the Department of Social Welfare (1988).
Clearly, the CYPF Act sets out to provide policy on both of these counts: to address historical injustices against iwi Maori in particular, and to protect cultural diversity.
The Waipareira Report, dealing with the CYPF Act and "the only Government social service agency which currently has an explicitly iwi-based approach to Maori social service delivery", posed important issues for the Department of Social Welfare (1999:20).
The principles on which the Iwi Social Services policy is based are expressed by the Department of Social Welfare in the following way in their Iwi Social Services Information Pack (1997): The CYPF Act requires that families and whanau, hapu, iwi and family groups be involved in deciding the best ways for addressing care and protection needs or dealing with offending behaviour.
Councillor Les Lawrence, the Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families (CYPF), was delighted at the successful completion of the Broadway project.
"The city is delighted at how the combined efforts and inputs of the school; its staff, students, parents and community, Lend Lease, Aston Pride, and the Transforming Education team in the CYPF directorate have combined to deliver such an exciting building," he said.