October 19, 2020
Demand Oranga Tamariki step away for Maori
One of the lead claimants into a Waitangi Tribunal inquiry into Oranga Tamariki says the agency shouldn’t be allowed any future role in the protection of Māori children.
Lady Tureiti Moxon from the National Urban Māori Authority is set to give evidence to the WAI 2195 inquiry in Auckland this week.
She says there can be no partnership between Oranga Tamariki and tangata whenua because of its history of taking Māori babies.
Any solution should take as a starting point that more than 50 percent of babies and tamariki in the care of the agency are Māori.
"That amount of funding should be released to Māori so we can do these things our own way. That’s the issue of course. To do this is to relinquish power and no government has ever demonstrated they are willing to do that," she says.
Lady Tureiti Moxon says the tribunal will also hear from whanau affected by Oranga Tamariki.
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