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

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

03:00pm - 06:00pm
Ed Sheeran

Children's report chance for transformational change
Photo: Radio Waatea Image Database.

Share to Email
Share to RSS
Share to Print

The Children’s Commissioners say the state needs to trust Māori to come up with a better system for how they will look after children who need care and protection.

The second part of the commission’s Te Kuku O Te Manawa report on Oranga Tamariki released yesterday calls for a devolution of responsibility, resources and power to Māori and iwi.

Commissioner Andrew Becroft says everyone they talked to agreed the current model is fundamentally flawed, and it can’t be fixed by tinkering or further reviews.

Assistant Māori Commissioner Glenis Philip-Barbara says it comes back to the Puao te Ata Tu report of 1989 which identified how the state struggles to understand what Māori mean by whānau.

"We’re thinking of course of our hundreds of relations, thousands if we are lucky, who are all connected together by whakapapa and often by kaupapa too, so we are thinking of a much broader group of people who offer all kinds of possibilities when a little family unit, a smaller unit may be struggling with whatever issues they are struggling with, but we known intrinsically every human being needs to belong, it is a fundamental human thing, and for us as Māori that belonging finds expression in whānau," she says.

Glenis Philip-Barbara says the Te Kuku O Te Manawa offers a real possibility for transformational change that will allow Māori children to flourish rather than suffer.

Copyright © 2020, UMA Broadcasting Ltd: www.waateanews.com

TMP2

TRM Classes
NLC - One More Try - (feat Stanley T) [Official Video]
OPINION: Grainne Moss' resignation is a second political victory for the Maori Party in less than a month
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: With the resignation of Grainne Moss from Oranga Tamariki, Kelvin Davis has lost a second political victory to the Māori Party in less than a month.
Opinion: The challenge for Maori and Pakeha politics in 2021
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: As the planet is plunged into the economic whiplash of the growing global pandemic, the dance between Māori and Pakeha politics in 2021 will become far more aggressive in tempo and demands.
OPINION: Ministry of Social Development debt fiasco an example of beneficiary powerlessness
Martyn 'Bomber' Bradbury: An example from social media of the total power the Ministry of Social Development has over the lives of beneficiaries emerged last week and reminded everyone of the punitive welfare culture we still have in NZ.
0
TMP2
           

Submit

Glossary

 

Subscribe

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

On Air Now
Radio Waatea

03:00pm - 06:00pm