because it says her cultural needs are unmet
A traumatised and neglected Māori girl was placed in the care of a Pākehā couple. They have provided her with a safe, healthy, loving environment for nearly three years. No one disputes that the girl, now nearly 6, has received excellent care from the couple.
But Oranga Tamariki and the girl's iwi want her removed because they don’t think the couple can meet her cultural needs.
Over a recent week in the Family Court in Napier, the circumstances that led to this battle were laid out in painstaking detail. Also laid out: a series of gaps, mistakes and falsehoods perpetuated by Oranga Tamariki social workers.
It was not all one-sided. The caregivers behaved in ways the judge also faulted, although he attributed some of this to the “utter contamination” of the caregiving process from its early days.