June 15, 2020
Crown not fit parent for Māori pēpi
Māori health worker Lady Tureiti Moxon says has praised the action of Te Whānau o Waipareira social workers and community members in stopping uplift of two pēpi .
Last Friday the social workers and west Auckland community members blockaded the entrance to Waitākere Hospital to stop Oranga Tamariki enforcing uplift order.
After negotiation, the agency agreed to alternate arrangements developed by Waipareira in consultation with the wider whānau.
Lady Tureiti, who is a member of the group of eminent wāhine Māori leading a Waitangi Tribunal claim against the agency's child uplift policy, says Oranga Tamariki should support whānau to look after their own pēpi.
"It's got to stop. We can't carry on like this and we've got to support families to look after their own babies and stop thinking the crown is a better parent," she says.
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