Mother wrongly accused of being unfit rejects $50,000 compensation offer
A woman who was accused of being an unfit mother by Oranga Tamariki when her file was merged with another woman's has rejected an offer of $50,000 compensation.
The agency accused Anna - not her real name - of violence against her family, hiding children that weren't hers, benefit fraud, and neglect. Her four children were left traumatised after they were removed from Anna's care by Oranga Tamariki and placed in a violent home.
After years of trying to prove she was not the "other woman", Anna found the father of the children involved in the identity mix-up who corroborated her story.