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? ...