Pressure building for inquiry into state abuse

A Waitangi Tribunal claim filed today calling for an inquiry into the treatment of Māori children in state care is a further sign that pressure is building on the Government to reconsider its stance on the issue, the Green Party said today.

“It seems everyone but the Government realises that an inquiry is essential to help the victims find some sense of closure, and to ensure that tamariki Māori in state care now and in the future are protected from abuse,” said Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei. 

“The Minister for Social Development needs to immediately set up an independent body to resolve historic and current complaints of abuse and neglect of children while in state care.

“When the Human Rights Commission, the Disability Commissioner, the Māori Women’s' Welfare League, UNICEF and the race relations commissioner are all adamant that an inquiry needs to be held, it’s clear that the Government is on the wrong side of this.

“The Government is refusing to acknowledge the systemic nature of abuse that kids suffered, but people have a right to have their voice heard and justice served.

“The Government is in the midst of making wholesale changes to Child, Youth, and Family, but before they do that, they should recognise the tragic mistakes of the past and try to learn from them.

“We can’t afford to make these same mistakes again, and the Government’s ramming through of changes to CYFS needs to be reconsidered,” said Mrs Turei.  

 

Latest Social Development Announcements

Story

Government shows allergy to evidence in benefits crackdown

The Government has been caught in opposition to evidence once again as it looks to usher in tried, tested and failed work seminar obligations for j...
Read More

Story

New unemployment figures paint bleak picture

The Green Party is calling on the Government to do more for our households in most need as unemployment rises and the cost of living crisis endures. 
Read More

Story

Govt must prioritise building more homes, not kicking people out

If the Government was serious about moving families into public housing, they would build more houses so there is actually somewhere for people to ...
Read More

Story

Benefit sanctions will punish people who need support

The National-led Government’s plans to arbitrarily increase benefit sanctions will have a lasting impact on the people who need our support the most.
Read More

Story

Groundhog Day as National once again punishes people on benefits

The coalition Government has today conceded that it did not consider the impact of its benefit changes on children. 
Read More

Story

National Govt will make more people poorer

The Social Development Minister, Louise Upston’s plan to increase benefit sanctions and decrease the rate at which benefits increase each year will...
Read More