29% of Maori children returned home after being in care were abused

Social Development Minister Anne Tolley says she won’t back down on child safety but it’s still not clear how far she’s prepared to go to meet Maori concerns about her new protection legislation.

The Children, Young Persons and Their Families (Oranga Tamariki) Legislation Bill removes a “whanau first” priority when children are placed into care, a change the Maori Party, and other Maori organisations, strongly oppose.

The bill instead calls for decision-makers to consider that the family, whanau, and usual carer are strengthened and supported to enable them to care for the child.

It further states that “wherever possible” the relationship between the child and their whanau is respected and supported.

The change is reported to have been a response to the findings of an expert advisory group that 29 per cent of Maori children returned home after being in care were abused.

The bill is with a select committee which is hearing public submissions.

It’s pretty sad that 29% of the Maori children placed with family are not safe. ?As a result, the Maori Party has received a firm “No” from Tolley. ?Until the stats improve, there is no way a minister is going to allow 29% of abused Maori kids to be placed with family that will just abuse them more.

If this doesn’t illustrate the generational problems of child abuse within Maoridom, I don’t know what does.


– NZN via Yahoo! News