November 26, 2020
Kerekere keen to roll Moss
Green Party Māori Development spokesperson Elizabeth Kerekere is questioning whether the head of Oranga Tamariki has the trust of communities, particularly Māori, to do the job.
Pressure is growing on Grainne Moss to step aside and allow someone else to manage its transformation.
Yesterday Ms Moss told the Waitangi Tribunal there is structural racism in Oranga Tamariki's systems, and while the agency was changing, there is a long way to go.
Dr Kerekere says Minister Kelvin Davis and State Services Commissioner Peter Hughes need to consider whether she can provide the necessary leadership for transformational change without the support of the community.
She says the Crown has known at least since the landmark Pūao-Te-Ata-Tū Report in 1988 that Māori communities need state support to implement their own solutions, and they need to have faith the chief executive understands this history and is able to take a Te Tiriti led approach.
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