but Children's Commissioner says give power of Oranga Tamariki 'to Māori, for Māori'
I te tuatahi – he mihi
He mihi tēnei ki ngā tamariki mokopuna katoa o te whenua nei – mā mātou ngā pakeke katoa, rātou, ko tēnei reanga me ngā reanga ki te heke mai, e whakaruruhau.
(An acknowledgement of all the children in our land – it is for all adults, all of us, to protect them and the generations to come.) – Joel Maxwell, Stuff.
A new Office of the Children’s Commissioner report on Oranga Tamariki calls for the state to loosen control of care for at-risk Māori children – handing over every “every aspect” of decision-making for removing children to Māori.
The report however, is light on detail on how this would work in practice. It recommends the Government start by resourcing iwi, hapū and Māori organisations to figure out how the system would work.