may be heard in Supreme Court
The nation’s highest court has been asked to hear an appeal on the “Moana” case.
Janet Mason, the lawyer acting for Moana’s mother, has made an urgent application for leave to appeal a High Court decision to the Supreme Court.
Moana, who is now 7 years old, is a Māori girl placed in the care of a Pākehā couple in September 2018.
The girl had been traumatised and neglected before Oranga Tamariki placed her with the couple (the “Smiths”), after they agreed to care for her on a long-term basis, with the agreed plan to work towards having Moana in their care permanently.
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