Ngā Pou Whakaaro, or Whānau Listening Posts, are now open for submissions. They are designed to provide a safe and private space for whānau to share their experience in relation to Oranga Tamariki. Submissions close 31st October, 2019.
Ngā Pou Whakaaro aim to:
Tukua mai ōu whakaaro
Whānau can choose to share their story anonymously.
Guidelines for Tukua mai ōu whakaaro:
Kanohi ki te kanohi
Many whānau that have had a positive or negative experience with Oranga Tamariki will likely be familiar with their local Whānau Ora partner or Kaiārahi/Navigator. Whānau can contact their local Whānau Ora partner to share their story.
Guidelines for Kanohi ki te kanohi:
For those in crisis
The listening posts are available for those wishing to share their experiences and inform the inquiry. We are unable to intervene in individual cases or provide crisis counselling. If you or someone you know needs to talk to someone urgently, please call 0800 543 354 (LIFELINE) or free text 4357 (HELP) for 24/7 support.
For more information on making a submission:
Download our Quick Guide to Submissions
Download Submission Guidelines
A second hui for the Māori Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki will take place on Monday 19th August at the Novotel Hotel, Hamilton, to confirm the draft Terms of Reference for the inquiry.
The hui will be live-streamed and accessible from this web page from 1pm-3pm.
The following day, the Kīngitanga have invited Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency and the inquiry governance group to attend Ngā Kawe Mate o te Motu at Tūrangawaewae Marae on Tuesday, 20th August, where the Terms of Reference will be presented.
If you want to provide feedback on the draft Terms of Reference, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org until Friday 16th August 2019.
What is the Māori Inquiry Hui about, and what is its purpose?
Following a call from Māori leaders, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency set in motion an independent Māori Inquiry into the Government’s child protection agency Oranga Tamariki (OT). The Inquiry is set to focus on the way OT operates and its role in removing tamariki from whānau.
The actions of OT in perpetuating inter-generational harm of Māori whānau is in direct contravention of its stated aim of ensuring children are where they can be safe, connected and flourishing.
Many in Māoridom have been alarmed by the practices of OT, which enable the taking of babies and children from their whānau without proper regard for the consequences.
What are some key issues?
Troubling statistics for Whānau:
Oranga Tamariki budget for 2019/20 is nearly $1.2 billion. Despite the failures of this system, it is rewarded each year.
What will happen at the hui?
The hui will reconvene and feedback from each wānanaga will be given. This information will inform the terms of reference (intent, scope, and purpose of inquiry).