September 28, 2017
Crown needs to let go of social policy levers
Maori Women's Welfare League president Prue Kapua says it's time for government agencies to give community-based organisations like the league a greater role in the delivery of services.
The league is holding its annual conference in New Plymouth, and today heard from Human Rights Commissioner Dame Susan Devoy about the need to hold an inquiry into the historical abuse of children and young people in state care.
Ms Kapua says that's an example of where government decision making hasn't worked.
The setting up of the new Ministry of Vulnerable Children Oranga Tamariki to replace Child, Youth and Family is a chance to look at the way decisions are made and services delivered.
"In my view the league is one of the organisations that has that reach into the community. It is based there and we have a really good opportunity providing the government agencies let go," Ms Kapua says.
The Maori Women's Welfare League remains apolitical, even though many of the issues it is concerned with can get extremely political.
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