max
°
min
°
Location:
COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am
Ed Sheeran

Baby grabbing a colonial abuse

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

The growing numbers of wāhine Māori in prisons is likely to be one of the main topics for discussion at a Māori criminal justice summit in November.

The summit was demanded by Māori who took part in last month’s national Criminal Justice Summit in Porirua, and felt it struggled to address issues of particular concern to Maori.

Lawyer Moana Jackson, who attended a planning hui for the summit in Auckland last week, says quick action is needed on rolling back some bail and remand changes made by the previous National Government, which have had a disproportionately negative effect of Māori.

It will also challenge a system that continues to affect Maori from birth, such as the way Oranga Tamariki preemptively take babies because they consider the mothers to be a risk.

"Mums are imprisoned while they are pregnant. Some give birth in prison and keep their babies until a certain age when they are taken away from them because they are 'bad mums' in prison, and I think that is a gross abuse of colonising power," Mr Jackson says.

He says the justice system has failed to recognise that for every mother or father locked up in prison there are whānau, hapu and iwi affected.

Copyright © 2018, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com


Waatea Glass Logo 1
MUMA2
LETSLEARN-86
E-Tangata-19052019
I will continue writing about the state taking children until something meaningful has occurred
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: If you have the privilege of a platform, you must endeavour to use that platform for good. I have written previous columns about the extraordinary abuse of power by the state when they take children into their 'care'.
State Spying and a Police who see no spying, hear no spying and speak no spying
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury:: John Campbell's remarkable investigation at the beginning of the week into a Government agency tasked with looking after earthquake survivors using corporate spies to secretly tape complaining earthquake survivors was made more important by the remarkable announcement midweek from the NZ Police that found nothing illegal in the actions of anyone involved.
Unlocked doors & blind spots: what ANZAC Day criticism of the NZ Police seems to miss
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: There was much anguish made about the NZ Police decision to shut down and limit ANZAC Day events this year.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

Enter your email address to receive regular updates from Waatea News.
  • fb

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am