April 30, 2021
Moxon looking for Maori mokopuna authority
One of the claimants in the Waitangi Tribunal’s inquiry into Oranga Tamariki says its report is a chance for a fresh start.
The tribunal has recommended Lady Tureiti Moxon and other claimants and senior Māori leaders be on the governance board of a Māori transition Authority that would design new care and protection services for tamariki Māori.
The tribunal highlighted an extraordinary leap in the number of tamariki Māori going into state care over the past two decades, from one in 125 in 2000 to one in 64 by 2018.
Lady Moxon says fixing it will require a transfer of power and resources from the crown to Māori.
"The issue that we have is that what we are often made to do or asked to do is fix up something that is broken and Oranga Tamariki is definitely broken. We don't want to spend all our time and resources trying to fix that up. So in terms of legislation, in terms of policy, in terms of the way we go forward into the future, all of those things are really important to line up," she says.
Lady Moxon says the Government’s decison to create a Maori Health Authority shows it is open to the new way of working proposed by the Waitangi Tribunal.
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