Damn Oranga Tamariki review: Almost all babies stop reproducing

Damn Oranga Tamariki review: Almost all babies stop reproducing

Focus Live: Calvin Davis on the government’s reaction to the Oranga Tamariki report

A damning review has revealed that Oranga Tamariki is a “weak, disconnected and inadequate” agency – and the government says it will end the controversial child regeneration strategy.

The government has accepted the 25 recommendations to “fix” Oranga Tamariki, produced by a panel of some of the agency’s most vocal critics.

The board, set up in January by Oranga Tamarind Minister Calvin Davis, was lost not only to the Child Welfare Agency but also to the Crown for repossessing its role in the first place .

The report’s authors said: “The Crown actually played a key role in unknowingly supporting Tamariki and Vanau.”

In doing so, the Crown had “diminished the role of communities and in particular those of the Hapu and Iwi in the leadership of their communities.”

The board called for devolution of resources and decision-making to Maori communities and communities, with a clear path for this to happen.

Davis said on Thursday the government accepted all of the recommendations.

Davis announced the review in January, just days after chief executive Grené Moss resigned.

It has been followed by a long period of intense investigation and criticism since the agency’s inception in 2017, particularly around the disproportionate number of Tamariki Māori in state care and their treatment.

The report, Kahu Aroha, was produced four months after the board appointment began and was based on 70 hui across Aotearoa.

Matthew Tsukaki led the review by advising Davis, who became minister after the 2020 election, on the agency’s dealings with families, Wanau and Maori; professional social work practices; and organizational culture.

Tsukaki was also joined by Dame Naida Glavish, Shannon Pakura and Ty Mark Solomon.

The recommended changes will examine the resources provided for decision-making and communities to work with the agency in preventing harm against children.

He also called for more strategic direction from the agency and a governance board to support and investigate the broader social issues affecting the work of Oranga Tamariki.

The report states, “He is self-centered and is constantly looking for answers. Its current system is vulnerable, disconnected and unsuitable for the people of Tamarinaki, and has no strategy of partnering with Maori and the community. “

Oranga Tamariki would also be forced to stop the majority of children’s regeneration, or order without warning, rather only occurring when all pathways along the community and Wanau have been exhausted.

“This report will end up edifying as we know them,” Davis said.

Davis said the council’s findings were “contradictory”.

“I told him to get to the root of the issues with Oranga Tamariki and be completely honest with me about what I found.

“What he provided was a contradictory but powerful report and I am happy to say that the government accepted all of his recommendations.

“Since becoming Minister, I have been committed to fixing the child welfare system and these changes will go a long way in achieving that. “

Davis said a plan has been put in place to follow up on the recommendations and an independent governance board has been established.

Davis said Oranga Tamariki employees were “demanding and hardworking” but did not receive adequate support.

“A new direction has been set for Oranga Tamariki. A change plan has been put in place and with the members of my Ministerial Advisory Council and the leadership of Oranga Tamariki, we will change the system.

“I want Oranga Tamariki to be a supporter who allows regions to decide what’s good for their particular region. Empower communities and Maori to help the children and their families who work for them.

The agency was established in 2017 to address long-standing issues of pre-existing child, youth and family services while reducing the inequalities experienced by Tamariki Māori.

Calls for change in 1988 with the publication of Te Puao Te Ata Tu, Māori Perspectives on the Ministry of Social Development exposed institutional racism and urged partnership and transfer with the Maori.

The issues facing the agency came to the fore in 2019 when newsrooms posted a video of raising a week-old Maori baby in Hastings.

This incident has led to at least five damaging reviews of Oranga Tamariki and its child rearing practices: an internal review and investigation by the Chief Ombudsman, the Children’s Commissioner and Whanu Ora by the Waitangi Court.

The Waitangi Tribunal, in its He Paharke report, released in April, called on the Crown to step aside after finding Oranga Tamariki as the “foundation of structural racism”.

The Tribunal recommended the establishment of the Maori Transitional Authority and asked the Crown to support this creation for Maori leadership.

Before his resignation, Moss said the changes he had requested were happening, but it would take time.

The agency has recently made faster changes, drastically reducing the number of children in care and raising, increasing the number of social workers and partnering with iwi and hap.

Moss’s resignation was seen by some as a necessary part of this transformation, despite his active role in securing the many partnerships he had with Ivy and Hapu.

However, the changes have not dampened calls for a complete overhaul of the agency.

Ta Vira Gardiner, who took over from Moss as interim CEO, recently had to close a care and protection residence after reports of abuse surfaced.

In August, Gardiner stepped down for health reasons, and Chappy Te Kani, Oranga Tamariki’s acting deputy general manager for governance and engagement, took over.

The review report was originally due to be completed by the end of June.

Ahead of the review’s publication, Te Pati Maori co-leader Debbie Ngareva-Packer said she looked forward to taking a “Maori by, for Maori” approach to any change.

“This is the absolute minimum. Despite its name, Oranga tamariki presents major systemic failures, validated review after review.

“But the change and the transfer should be something that is not only philosophical, but also ingenious.

While Te Pati Māori was not in parliament in the previous legislature, its members actively opposed the agency and called for reforms.

Prior to the elections, Te Pati Māori campaigned on 60 to 70 percent of resources going to Maori under new Mokopuna Māori rule, reflecting the proportion of Tamariki Maori under state tutelage.

Ngareva-Packer said she hoped the board had heard from all of Aotearoa and that any changes were meant to more reflect “the exclusivity of Vana and Hapi.”

“He has to be disembarked, and the center is Wanau and Hapi.

“They must be resourceful and empowered to restore their spirits, to be able to reconnect our children to their Whana, their Whoppa, and to be able to rebuild the community that she is before they are destroyed. was present.”

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