‘She is the only person who matters’
The Pākehā couple who are caring for a young Māori girl at the centre of a contentious custody case says “she is a child of our heart” and “the only person who matters”.
“While the strain on us as a couple with limited resources has been immense, throughout this process the only person that has mattered to us is Moana - she has been at the centre of all our decisions,” the couple said, in their first public statement since a judge decided she should stay in their care.
“In the initial court case my husband said that while Moana may not be our biological child, she is a child of our heart.
“She is still the only person who matters.”