January 27, 2021
Waipareira challenges parental alienation uplift
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Waipareira chief executive John Tamihere has asked Oranga Tamariki to give his organisation custody of three tamariki who are being uplifted from their mother.
He's accusing staff of abusing their authority to get police and the courts colluding against the mother.
His action comes as the Children's Minister appoints an independent committee to advise him on the next steps needed to reform the child protection agency.
Mr Tamihere says an Oranga Tamariki office had the children uplifted from their mother’s custody in 2019 without notice based on parental alienation – a term for when separated partners give negative views against the other partner.
That's despite an internal policy dating back to 2016 that parental alienation was not an excuse to uplift.
He says the mother has been put through the wringer, and Waipareira is confident the children can be safe and in a loving environment with their mother and older siblings.
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