Backdown on whānau-first placements a victory for Māori

The Green Party is congratulating Māori organisations on their victory after Anne Tolley today indicated that the Government is going back to the drawing board on reforms to Child, Youth and Family (CYFs) that would have removed the prioritisation of whānau-first placements for tamariki Māori.

The Green Party is congratulating Māori organisations on their victory after Anne Tolley today indicated that the Government is going back to the drawing board on reforms to Child, Youth and Family (CYFs) that would have removed the prioritisation of whānau-first placements for tamariki Māori.

Green Party Social Development spokesperson Jan Logie is calling on the Government to immediately release details of their proposed changes and to make a commitment to working closely with Māori organisations and experts to get it right.

“This is a huge victory for Māori organisations and communities who have campaigned strongly on the importance of tamariki Māori remaining connected to their whakapapa and in the care of their whanau, hapū and iwi,” said Ms Logie.

“We’re really proud to have led the political opposition to these changes alongside Māori. The Green Party has a strong and consistent track record in championing Māori and Te Tiriti issues.

“There’s nothing more important than the wellbeing and safety of our children, so it’s good the Government is willing to admit they got it wrong.

“I have consistently said that a best-practice state care system would ensure that tikanga Māori, particularly around connection to whakapapa and whānau, is of paramount importance. As we know, Māori children achieve better outcomes in the care of their wider whānau, hapū and iwi.

“While it’s good Minister Tolley has indicated a rethink, the Government needs to provide clarity on what exactly they are proposing to change and work closely with Māori organisations such as the Māori Women’s Welfare League to ensure they get it right.

“Getting the law right is one thing but the Government also needs to ensure CYFs and Māori organisations are properly resourced to be able to actually implement whānau-first placements, so that we can reduce the level of tamariki Māori in state care,” said Ms Logie.

 

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Social Development Announcements

Policy

Community and Voluntary Sector Policy

The Green Party supports a strong, independent Tangata Whenua, Community & Voluntary sector contributing to enhance Aotearoa New Zealand’s soci...
See More

Policy

Equality

Everyone should be treated equally, with access to what we need to live a good life.  In government we've fought to implement policy that ensures...
See More

Policy

Income Support Policy

Everyone deserves enough to live with dignity, support their family’s wellbeing, and participate in their community. Income support can eliminate p...
See More

Story

Marama Davidson's State of the Planet speech

Mā te oranga o te taiao, ka ora ai te iwi, mō te takitini kāore mō te torutoru anake. Nei ra taku mihi tuatahi ki a koe e te koka o te ao, korua ko...
Read More

Story

​Lifting incomes a priority: Green Party

The Green Party acknowledges the Government’s progress report on implementing the recommendations of the Welfare Expert Advisory Group, as highligh...
Read More

Story

Welfare reform key to a just transition that is inclusive and fair

The Green Party has welcomed the Council of Trade Unions’ call for a people-led, people-focused response to climate change, including increasing be...
Read More

Latest Māori Development Announcements

Policy

Kaupapa Māori

Aotearoa New Zealand can be a country where tikanga is respected, racism is eliminated, and the physical, emotional, and spiritual effects of colon...
See More

Story

Māori women in business contribute to our economy, whānau and communities

Minister for Women Julie Anne Genter has released a new report celebrating the contribution of Māori women in business across Aotearoa New Zealand.
Read More

Story

Police evictions at Ihumātao are an attack on mana motuhake

The Green Party support the mana whenua of Ihumātao and their right to peacefully protect their land, Green Party co-leader Marama Davidson said to...
Read More

Story

Encouraging sign for te reo Māori in schools

The Government’s plan to integrate te reo Māori into education is showing promising progress, said Green Party Māori Development spokesperson Maram...
Read More

Story

A much needed boost for Kōhanga reo

The Green Party welcomes the Government’s move to provide a funding boost to kōhanga reo, said Green Party Co-leader Marama Davidson. “We have seen...
Read More

Story

Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill would have been a step forward

The Green Party is disappointed that the Ngāi Tahu Representation Bill to increase tangata whenua representation on the Canterbury Regional Council...
Read More