Te Pāti Māori claims 'lacklustre' response by Oranga Tamariki and minister
Te Pāti Māori has called for the state to be held legally liable for abuse in its care, after an investigation found a litany of failures in the run-up to a five year old's death.
The Ombdusman this month said Oranga Tamariki failed to do the bare minimum before Malachi Subecz was killed by a caregiver last year, despite whānau pleas for the agency's intervention.
The review found there were ample opportunities to intervene, and Malachi's death was ultimately preventable.
Te Pāti Māori co-leader Debbie Ngarewa-Packer said the ministry had failed in its legal obligations, and the whānau had also sought help from two ministers.