Nau mai, pipiri mai e te iwi mō ngā tamariki mokopuna te take.
Statistics show that over the past four years there has been a significant increase in the number of Māori Newborn babies taken by the state with figures, obtained from the Ministry by journalist showing an increase from 110 in 2015 to 172 in 2018.
Over the past months, we have also seen the increase of child abuse inflicted on Māori children in the state system.
A recent attempt to remove a newborn baby in Hawkes Bay and the demeaning, disrespectful and traumatic treatment of a new mother and her whānau has highlighted that the Ministry is not fulfilling the requirement to ensure whānau are at the centre of the wellbeing of tamariki Māori.
It is time for the government to stop the punitive and bullying processes of the Ministry of Children in regards to the removal of tamariki Māori. We hear many stories daily of the failure of the Ministry to listen to the needs of whānau and of the denial of fundamental rights of whānau to make decisions about the wellbeing of their tamariki and mokopuna.
Please join us in demanding
• the end of the increasing removal of tamariki from whānau
• the affirmation of tino rangatiratanga and the rght of Māori to make decision and control the wellbeing of our tamariki and mokopuna
• the prioritising of whānau as the center of wellbeing for tamariki
• that we as Māori define whānau and whakapapa and not a Ministry that has little knowledge of relationships
• decisions regarding the wellbeing of tamariki must be made by whānau, hapū, iwi and/or Māori organisations supporting whānau
• all social workers be trained fully in regards to obligations under Te Tiriti o Waitangi
• that the recommendations of Puao-Te-Ata-Tū be revisited and implemented
• that successful programmes such as Mātua Whāngai and Whānau Ora be resourced to enable Māori approaches to the wellbeing of tamariki and mokopuna
Whānau are invited to sign the 'Hands Off Our Tamariki' open letter to Government outlining our concerns and demands https://www.handsoffourtamariki.org.nz/
Whānau are also invited to gather at Wellington Railway Station for the short walk to Parliament to deliver our statements.
Guest speakers will share their knowledge on the harmful effects of removing tamariki from whānau and steps needed to support communities and whānau in wellbeing. Guest speakers will be announced over the next few weeks.
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