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

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

07:00am - 10:00am
Ed Sheeran

Kids in care data a sign of failure

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

More Stories

The New Zealand Māori Council wants to know why the number of Māori children and young people in state care continues to rise, despite attempted reform of the sector.

Executive director Matthew Tukaki says Oranga Tamariki figures show in June 2017 61 percent of children in state care were Māori.

A year later that figure had risen to 68 percent, or 4346 tamariki, and 80 percent of those who were inside youth justice residences or detention centres were Māori.

Even more telling was that 71 percent of the 220 children found to be abused in state care in that time were Māori.

"And so we’ve got an appalling series of statistics and it doesn't seem to me we are making any headway in either trying to address the problem or try to find creative solutions in how we bring those numbers down," Mr Tukaki says.

He says the continued poor performance comes at a time when Oranga Tamariki is about to be given even greater powers to remove and place children.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

'Te Hononga' Urban Māori Stories
Oranga Tamariki report highlights it's the welfare of the State that matters not the babies they kidnap
Martyn 'Bomber'Bradbury: The Children's Commissioner has released his report into Oranga Tamariki and it is as pitiful as it is offensive.
14,496 waiting for Public Housing highlights how far Government has to go
Martyn 'Bomber'Bradbury: The housing crisis that helped propel Labour into Government has not diminished for the most needy.
The 5 big political issues for Maori in 2020 election
Martyn 'Bomber'Bradbury: As we enter the 2020 election, these are the 5 issues I think that might shape the Māori political agenda.
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