The Waitangi Tribunal is weighing up what the scope of its inquiry into Oranga Tamariki should be, and how it can thoroughly investigate why Māori are disproportionately taken into state care, within a tight urgency timeframe.
It is the fifth inquiry into Oranga Tamariki to arise since the ministry tried to take a newborn baby from a Hawke's Bay mother last year.
Representatives of the claimants, including those representing the midwives at the centre of the Hawke's Bay case, have met with the tribunal today to discuss the inquiry's scope.
Among the main points of discussion are:
whether or not the inquiry should look into the role police and district health boards play in the removal of a child
the time frame the tribunal should focus on
the potential impact other inquiries before the tribunal might have in terms of cross-over evidence
who should be called to give evidence.
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