says former social welfare boss Christine Rankin
Children are being abused and dying because Oranga Tamariki is reluctant to remove them from homes where parents are using methamphetamine, former social welfare boss Christine Rankin says.
Her comments come in the wake of revelations that the child protection service knew that 2-year-old Nevaeh Ager was living with a father who used meth but did not intervene. The father, Aaron Izett, has been convicted of her murder.
Rankin, who was chief executive of Work and Income NZ (which is now part of the Ministry of Social Development) in the 1990s, and is now child abuse spokesperson for the Transforming Justice Foundation, said Nevaeh’s death was “tragic and predictable”.