Why have Māori conducted their own review of Oranga Tamariki (OT)?
It was important for Māori to conduct its own review free from Government organisations protocols and procedures. It was also important that Māori are part of the solutions.
Māori have a deep disregard in participating in Government led reviews and inquiries.
When was this initiated?
Following the media exposé of a Hawkes Bay uplift, Māori leadership came together in July to demand a by Māori for Māori inquiry. This was confirmed in August 2019 and later endorsed by the Iwi Leaders Forum and Kīngitanga.
What will this inquiry find that government departments could not?
Real stories of systemic racism towards Māori babies and whānau. Evidence provided by those who participated - Māori and non-Māori – outline a State system that has continually failed them and their whānau.
This Inquiry process is totally independent and not subject to any Ministerial or Crown control.
The governance protocols set out in the inquiry terms of reference had the trust, faith and confidence of whānau. The largest number of submissions came from whānau who had first-hand experience of a failed system.
How many people participated?
1100 whānau voices were captured over five weeks from throughout Aotearoa and hundreds more have now stepped forward to tell their story.
From what sectors did participants come from?
Along with state abuse victims, health, social services and justice - private and public sectors – kaimahi who work on the front line.
Were they Māori only?
Māori and non-Māori chose to make submissions.
Why was it important for Māori to conduct their own inquiry into OT?
It was the only way to ensure an authentic voice could be heard.
Whānau expressed their trust and confidence in the commissioning agencies to uphold the integrity of the process given the severity of concerns.
As a result, a safe forum was provided for whānau where they were free to express evidence without repercussion.
What will happen with the recommendations from this review of OT?
The Chair of the Governance Group of the Inquiry, Dame Naida Glavish is calling on a complete overhaul of Oranga Tamariki, the Family Court ex-parte order process and the law that facilitates uplifts.
Ultimately, as always, the present Government has the capacity and authority to address all the recommendations from this inquiry.
Who are the members of this governance group?
Dame Naida Glavish (Chair)
Dame Areta Kopu
Dame June Mariu
Dame Iritana Tawhiwhirangi
Dame Tariana Turia
Lady Tureiti Moxon
Sir Toby Curtis
Sir Mason Durie
Sir Pita Sharples
Sir Mark Solomon