Small step for OT, giant leap for rights
One change arising from the searing internal report into how the Ministry for Children tried to forcibly take a baby from its mother could have profound and beneficial effects for the rights of parents and families.
Oranga Tamariki overhaul after damning report
An internal investigation into Oranga Tamariki’s attempts to uplift a newborn from its mother in Hastings has found a litany of failures - and the chief executive has promised change.
Uplift figures paint disturbing ‘racialised’ picture
New figures show an alarming rise in the rate of Māori babies being removed from their families. The University of Otago’s Emily Keddell argues the risk of critique at Oranga Tamariki is being conflated with actual risk to the child.
‘Tears of our tupuna’ as Māori meet for change
They gathered in their hundreds to call for action on Oranga Tamariki. Will the Government listen?
A vacuum for a Māori voice in Parliament?
As the Government struggles with Oranga Tamariki and Ihumātao, some wonder whether a new political movement will rise.
Leaked letter sent to hospital staff
A leaked letter critical of Newsroom and an elected Hawkes Bay Health Board member has been sent to all maternity staff at Hawkes Bay Hospital by DHB chief executive Kevin Snee.
A tipping point for Oranga Tamariki?
Social workers need to be empowered to understand the law and resourced to do their jobs rather than be treated as puppets, writes Dr Ian Hyslop.
How the three inquiries into ‘uplifts’ will work
The Chief Ombudsman says he can provide a “truly independent” look at Oranga Tamariki’s uplifts process.