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Should we strip Oranga Tamariki of its name?
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury

You get the feeling that the Ministry of Vulnerable Children's name change to Oranga Tamariki was a brown washing exercise to gloss over the much more violent reality of what this new agency would be doing.

The lowered thresholds for intervention and the weakening of parents powers of guardianship with no legal aid representation to challenge a seizing and no independent oversight has created the perfect storm of over zealous Government employees with unchecked powers.

Such a dangerous combination of power minus oversight always lands hardest on the weakest and most vulnerable, that's why we saw a Māori mother having to literally hold onto her new born infant child while the State like a lidless crocodile waited to snatch her baby away.

To give this social policy failure a Māori name adds insult to injury.

As a historic inquiry into State abuse of children in their care kicks off, we are creating the exact same social carnage now while looking backwards at our past failures with no appreciation of the grim irony that dooms our future if we learn nothing from these wrongs in the present.


Martyn Bradbury
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