October 28, 2020
Tamariki can’t wait for tribunal report
The executive director of the New Zealand Māori Council is proposing a national hui to work out what’s needed to fix Oranga Tamariki.
Matthew Tukaki gave evidence yesterday to the Waitangi Tribunal, which is looking into claims arising from the child protection agencies baby and child uplift policy which has disproportionately affected Māori.
He was also able to discuss next steps with leaders of other national organisations who were at the hearing in Hastings.
He says a huge amount of data has come out of the hearings.
"I think for example 72 per cent of all funding goes to non-Māori organisations even though 60 per cent of the children in the care of the state are Maori kids. We have witnessed the breakdown of the family group conference model. We know what is going wrong but we can't necessarily wait until the Waitangi Tribunal reports its recommendations next year," Mr Tukaki says.
Mr Tukaki told the tribunal the system of child care and protection in Aotearoa is broken, and he called for wide-ranging reforms, including a new workforce development plan, the return of the Māori community development officers and greater use of Māori wardens.
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