Historic hui gives overwhelming agreement for a Māori Inquiry
The inquiry into state run Oranga Tamariki will be led by whānau, kaimahi and Māori leaders.
Yesterday the largest gathering of Māori leadership since the Foreshore and Seabed debate voted unanimously to hold an inquiry.
Jean Te Huia Māori Midwives Aotearoa CEO shared her experience and honest opinion of the “failing realities of the agency Oranga Tamariki, inflicted every day on whānau.”
Distinguished academic and Whānau Ora architect, Professor Sir Mason Durie concluded that “there was a strong collective unanimity in all the approaches put forth.” The hui provided a Māori approach to understand the issues and more importantly identify solutions by, for and with Māori.
The unified forum has successfully and collaboratively achieved a framework “by Māori, for and with Māori.
John Tamihere, Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency Chief Executive centred his focus on whānau. “We have a duty to look after our tamariki and our mokopuna,” says John Tamihere. “We cannot have intervention by an agency that has failed 14 reviews in 20 years – it’s time to seize control of our direction.”
There will be another hui hosted by Kingitanga to feed into the process. “This is all about ensuring all Māori have a say and participate,” Tamihere says. Further announcements are expected in the near future.