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The founder of Whānau Ora wants this weekend's hui on Oranga Tamariki to look not just at oversight of the existing agency but at creating an alternative where Māori do things for themselves.

Former Minister Dame Tariana Turia says government agencies don't know what they are doing, they don't know how to work with whānau, hapū and iwi and they persist with destructive policies such as taking children away from their whānau.

Māori including herself have tried to achieve change by going to parliament, but the answer lies outside.

"Until we have restored to us our right to be autonomous in our own country I think we are always going to be in this mode of being at the behest of others and they'll never dio it for us. They don't understand us. They don't know us. The way they view us is usually negatively so I want to get on with creating a better world for my mokopuna and for everybody else's," Dame Tariana says.


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