without Consequences

How come, after numerous condemnatory reports, Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss holds on to her job? Aaron Smale wonders if those harmed by her tenure aren't a big enough voting bloc

So, what happens when a government department breaks the law and breaches its own policies? Nothing, apparently.

The latest report on Oranga Tamariki in a blizzard of such reports is from the Ombudsman, Peter Boshier, and it’s possibly the harshest of them all. These reports sprang from Melanie Reid’s story showing Oranga Tamariki bullying a young mother to try and remove her newborn baby while she was in hospital in Hawkes Bay. Furthermore, the Waitangi Tribunal is currently holding an urgent hearing into the same issue. It’s becoming like a Netflix series with multiple episodes telling the same ugly story from multiple points of view.

All of the reports to date have been damming and consistently so, even though Oranga Tamariki chief executive Grainne Moss and minister Tracey Martin insisted – at least initially – that Melanie’s story was misrepresenting the issue and circumstances. If anything, the Ombudsman’s report confirms yet again that the situation in Hawkes Bay was not an anomaly but stark evidence of systemic failures.

Link to article:https://www.newsroom.co.nz/failures-without-consequences


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