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Waitangi Tribunal report on Oranga Tamariki, He Pāharakeke, he Rito Whakakīkinga Whāruarua

29 April 2021
Waitangi Tribunal
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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:

  1. 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?
  2. To what extent will the legislative policy and practice changes introduced since 2017, and currently being implemented, change this disparity for the better?
  3. 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? ...

Read more

Read the report, He Pāharakeke, he Rito Whakakīkinga Whāruarua: Oranga Tamariki Urgent Inquiry – Pre-publication Version

See also

Te Rōpū Whakamana i te Tiriti o Waitangi, Waitangi Tribunal


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