August 05, 2016
Iwi leaders back children’s kawenata
Iwi leaders meeting at Hopuhopu this morning signed a covenant to protect the nation’s children from all forms of violence.
The document, put together by a group including Judge Carolyn Henwood, Sir Mark Solomon, Sir Stephen Tindall, and Naida Glavish also calls for children to be guaranteed a proper standard of living, and that bonds with family, hapu and iwi be strengthened.
Ms Glavish says as well as being something for parents and grandparents to aspire to, it should also be a reference point for government agencies such as the new vulnerable children’s ministry.
"Our Tamariki are taonga. Our Tamariki are precious. One of the things we hope will come out of this signing today is changing the name from vulnerable children to flourishing children because that's what we want. We want our children to flourish," says Naida Glavish from Ngati Whatua.
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