A national hui was held on Saturday, the 13thof July at the Holiday Inn in Mangere, Auckland. Hosted by the Whānau Ora Commissioning Agency (WOCA) and attended by members of the Wai Atamai Social Innovation and Wai Research team who had gladly given up their weekend to tautoko this kaupapa in what is set to be an historic Māori event. The hui was held in response to the calls for an inquiry into the Oranga Tamariki (formerly CYPFS) practices in relation to the uplifting of new born Māori babies from hospitals. A video recording of an attempted uplift of a new born baby from a young mother went viral on social media and prompted outrage among all who watched it.
The hui was attended by notable Māori leaders, politicians, clinicians, social workers and whānau directly affected by similar events and gave everyone an opportunity to share their thoughts, vent emotional trauma and shape solutions for developing a plan of action. A number of stakeholder-based wānanga were also held as part of the afternoon activities with Wai Atamai team members providing support either as scribes, or in some cases, co facilitators.
A summary of the proceedings of the five workshops was presented at the end of the day by Emeritus Professor Sir Mason Durie. The next hui will be hosted by Tainui at the Koroneihana in August.