COLOR-Waatea logo 2016-final

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am
Ed Sheeran

Māori need structural role in children's system

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

More Stories

A call for a Māori Children’s Commissioner has won the support of the person now in the job.

The New Zealand Māori Council says the fact three in five children in state care are Māori highlights the need for the role.

Judge Andrew Becroft agrees, saying six of the seven commissioners so far have been Pākeha males.

"If the treaty is a document that underpins our approach which it must do and the government’s approach, it is time that structurally some of the systems embedded an explicit Māori leadership and a role for Māori to develop by Māori for Māori," he says.

Judge Becroft says in the Australian state of Victoria there is an Aboriginal children’s commissioner working alongside the children’s commissioner.

Meanwhile,Social Development Minister Carmel Sepuloni has announced changes to the Government oversight of the children’s system, with the intention of making it more responsive to Māori.

The Ombudsman has been asked to take on a new role overseeing and investigating complaints relating to the Ōranga Tamariki system.

As well, the Ministry of Social Development will work with the Office of the Children’s Commissioner and engage with Māori and other key stakeholders to build a new monitoring framework for monitoring services to children under the Ōranga Tamariki Act.


Copyright © 2019, UMA Broadcasting Ltd:


matariki x
Tracey Martin finally talks the talk & why Kelvin Davis must not resign from Corrections
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: Two major events occurred last week that require comment.
Ihumātao | He Raupatu Tuarua | A Second Confiscation
Dr Rawiri Taonui; This column investigates how the proposed Fletcher Residential development at Ihumātao, the National government’s Special Housing Area policy and the preoccupation of the Auckland Council, the courts and statutory bodies on preserving Māori culture as an icon of the past rather than restoring the living relationship between Māori and their whenua constitutes a second confiscation
TVNZ Journalist blames Māori, not Oranga Tamariki.
OPINION - Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: TVNZ Journalist Jehan Casinader, has written a remarkably shallow evaluation of the corrosive Orange Tamariki child uplift programme and has bewilderingly concluded the problem is Māori, not the policy.





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

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

12:00am - 06:00am