Iwi chairs voted unanimously to support all ‘action point’ recommendations of the Whānau Ora commisioned Māori-led Inquiry into Oranga Tamariki.

At the Iwi Chairs Forum at Waitangi on 4th February, around 250 attendees representing Iwi and hapū from across Aotearoa voted in favour of the recommendations.

They were to overhaul the system, strengthen whānau capability and capacity, undertake a structural analysis and review of Oranga Tamariki systems, policies, processes and practices, and build solutions by Māori, for Māori, with Māori for long-term sustainability.

Dame Naida Glavich, Chair of the Governance Group that initiated the Māori-led Oranga Tamariki review, said the days of state agency collusion and discrimination against Māori mums and babies were over. It was time that Māori were asked for solutions and not always viewed as the problem.

“Not one more mokopuna is to be taken. Remove ‘oranga’ out of OT and bring our tamariki back to us,” Dame Naida told the cheering audience.

She said Oranga Tamariki and the Family Court system were abusing their statutory authotities.

The Māori Inquiry Governance Group is also calling for Grainne Moss,  Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki, to step down and for the disbanding of the State agency who have failed at least 14 reviews over the years.

The 200 page report released on Monday reveals case study snapshots recounting harrowing and inhumane treatment of whānau by the government agency.

Since the release, even more whānau have approached the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency to tell their own shocking stories of state-wide abuse.

The Iwi Chairs Forum met with Prime Minister Jacinda Adern today to discuss the report’s recommendations.

The Minister of Oranga Tamariki announced at the hui this afternoon her commitment to work with the Whānau Ora Commissiong Agency to find better solutions for vulnerable families

26 February 2020

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