Ngāpuhi Not Surprised by Oranga Tamariki Review Outcomes
Karere Pāpāho / Media Release
Tuesday 12th November
Te Rūnanga ā Iwi o Ngāpuhi CEO, Lorraine Toki,
is not surprised by the findings following the release of
the review into Oranga Tamariki.
“Ngāpuhi has a
Strategic Partnership Agreement with Oranga Tamariki, and we
have been in negotiations around early intervention and
prevention for some months now. However, it seems that the
solutions and recommendations that we have provided under
the newly introduced 7aa Act, do not fit into the Wellington
box of Iwi led innovative practice.”
Ms Toki goes on to
say, “Iwi are ready and wanting to work collaboratively
with Oranga Tamariki Regional offices, based on our
knowledge of our whānau, to develop prevention and
intervention models that work on the ground for our people.
We also need these services run by Iwi and to be fully
resourced equivalent to internal Oranga Tamariki models, if
we are to truly make change.
Ngāpuhi have double the
amount of tamariki mokopuna in care than any other Iwi, and
we will need to work together in a real & tangible way if
are to collectively make the changes for whānau and
mokopuna, as proposed within the report. Preserving the
whakapapa of our mokopuna is our future, not continued talk
fests and reviews that confirm what we know and tell us
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