Waitangi Tribunal report on Oranga Tamariki, He Pāharakeke, he Rito Whakakīkinga Whāruarua
29 April 2021
Extract from the press release:
Tribunal releases report on Oranga Tamariki
The Waitangi Tribunal has released its report on Oranga Tamariki, He Pāharakeke, he Rito Whakakīkinga Whāruarua, in pre-publication format.
The Tribunal afforded the inquiry an urgent status, acknowledging that tamariki Māori were suffering or likely to suffer significant and irreversible prejudice as a result of the current or pending actions of Oranga Tamariki, for which there was no alternative remedy bar an immediate inquiry.
The inquiry covers three issues:
- Why has there been such a significant and consistent disparity between the number of tamariki Māori and non-Māori children being taken into State care under the auspices of Oranga Tamariki and its predecessors?
- To what extent will the legislative policy and practice changes introduced since 2017, and currently being implemented, change this disparity for the better?
- What (if any) additional changes to Crown legislation, policy, or practice might be required in order to secure outcomes consistent with Te Tiriti/the Treaty and its principles? ...
Resource Management Act to be repealed
The Minister for the Environment, David Parker, has confirmed that the Resource Management Act 1991 will be be repealed and replaced by new laws: the Natural and Built Environments Act, the Strategic Planning Act and the Climate Change Adaptation Act