August 20, 2019
Inquiry seeks alternative child protection system
A member of the governing group for the Māori inquiry into Oranga Tamariki says it's not just about the child protection agency's uplift policies but it's also about finding an alternative.
Lady Tureiti Moxon says Māori have been worn down from trying to interact with a state that doesn't listen and gives them no respect or credit.
"The government needs to relinquish its power and hold over Māori and it needs to support our rangatiratanga and looking after ourselves in the best possible way that we know in our tikanga and our whānau, hapū and iwi. It’s about power sharing and it’s about resource sharing and the government is still loath to do it. They still believe they can do it better than we can for ourselves," she says.
Lady Tureiti Moxon says Māori are over the state taking their children.
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