November 29, 2020
Moss a drag on child protection reform
A midwife at the centre of the protest that led to multiple reviews of Oranga Tamariki says it’s time for chief executive Grainne Moss to go.
Ms Moss appeared before the Waitangi Tribunal last week and gave a formal apology for structural racism within the child protection system, but said she was staying in the role and was absolutely committed to the kaupapa.
But Jean Te Huia from the Māori Midwives Association says it’s incomprehensible she stay in the job.
She says if the Government is committed to fixing problems at the agency, it needs to find new leadership.
"Her remaining there shows a lack of clarity. The government needs to move on. They can't do it dragging her with them. They have to change they care for our Māori children, the way they care for those in need of care and protection and we cannot allow her to continue any longer," Ms Te Huia says.
She says the heart of the problem is the refusal by governments to allow indigenous people to determine their own solutions.
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