Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search


Whanau First call on Minister for Children for discussion

MEDIA RELEASE – May 19, 2019

Whanau First call on Minister for Children for discussion on the housing crisis and child removal

New child and family action group Whanau First is calling on Minister for Children Tracey Martin to open-up the discussion on the reasons increases in the numbers of children being removed from their parents and families are happening.

Group coordinator Lou Hutchinson, of Raglan, says the housing shortage created by the National government of 2008-2016 under then Prime Minister John Key has led to a number of children being removed from families, and will lead to more.

“Solo mothers and their children were probably the biggest group of sufferers when Housing New Zealand started pulling down and removing state homes,” she says. “Many were effectively evicted for no reason of their own and were pitched into years of struggle trying to find somewhere to call home.”

“There are still victims who as if the stress of losing their home was not bad enough have to face the daily threat of losing their children as well, or the stress of having already lost them,” she says. “This is unbearable to the people themselves and should be untenable to the Minister who we doubt has ever had any worries about where she might live.”

Ms Hutchinson said that at the other end of that, and other child removal issues, is the fact that more-and-more removals are being done on the basis that the removal is permanent.

“It is wrong for the Minister or her CEO to claim that the uplifting a child is only done as the last resort,” Ms Hutchinson says. “Many removals are taking place without all other options being explored. Some are being done with few options being explored, and some with very obvious options ignored.”

“Commonly this applies when children are taken on the basis there is no alternative whanau placement available,” she says. “This is often not actually the case and Ministry staff are then left scrambling for evidence to support they’ve already done.”

“The fact they are not accountable for what they say and do is at the very core of the current difficulties the Ministry is having,” Ms Hutchinson says.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Ellen Rykers on The Dig: Community Conservation – The Solution To The Biodiversity Crisis?

There are backyard trapping networks doing their bit for Predator Free 2050, farmers planting native trees along their waterways, and iwi protecting whenua rāhui. There are 62 biodiversity sanctuaries across 56,000 hectares, with around two-thirds of them community-led. There are citizen scientists counting birds in their backyards and landowners conserving habitat in 3,500 Queen Elizabeth II National Trust covenants.

It’s increasingly clear that a government agency alone cannot combat the biodiversity crisis successfully. These grass-roots initiatives are a growing resource in the conservation toolbox. More>>

Closing This Weekend! Have Your Say On The Issues For NZ's New Biodiversity Strategy

Scoop and PEP invite you to help decide how we should protect and restore our biodiversity over the next 50 years using Scoop’s online engagement platform, HiveMind. HAVE YOUR SAY HERE>>

Biodiversity HiveMind Preliminary Progress Report
Open data report summarising preliminary findings of the Biodiversity HiveMind. Read Progress Report Here>>


PM In Japan: Jacinda Ardern’s Remarks Following Abe Summit

Today we discussed a wide range of topics. Broadly the themes were: a deeper, high-value trade and investment relationship, greater cooperation in the Pacific; and strengthening our security partnership. More>>


Replacing All But Chair: Twyford Appoints Five NZTA Board Members

Transport Minister Phil Twyford today announced the appointment of five new members to the NZ Transport Agency Board... There remain two vacancies on the NZTA Board which will be filled in due course. More>>


Climate Change: Adaptation And Risk Assessment Framework Released

“We are already experiencing the effects of a changing climate such as coastal inundation and increasingly frequent and severe droughts, floods, fires and storms. This framework is an acknowledgement that we must start adapting”, James Shaw said today. More>>


Ihumātao: Mana Whenua Reach Decision On Land

Māori King Tūheitia says mana whenua have finally reached consensus over what to do with Ihumātao - they want it back. More>>


PM To Japan, New York: Ardern To Meet Trump During UN Trip

“I’m looking forward to discussing a wide range of international and regional issues with President Trump, including our cooperation in the Pacific and the trade relationship between our countries." More>>

PM's Post-Cab: "A Way Forward"

At Monday's post-cabinet press conference, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced a number of actions in response to the Labour Party's mishandling of sexual assault complaints. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Allegations Of Left Wing Media Bias

“Left wing bias” accusations date back at least to the mid 1990s... The charge of left wing bias was ridiculous then, and is ridiculous now. More>>

Next Wave Of Reforms: Gun Registration And Licensing Changes Announced

“The Bill includes a register to track firearms and new offences and penalties that can be applied extraterritorially for illegal manufacture, trafficking, and for falsifying, removing, or altering markings – which are a new requirement under the Firearms Protocol.” More>>





InfoPages News Channels