A war of words has broken out over claims newborn babies from two Māori families were to be uplifted from an Auckland Hospital.
A Māori trust and a senior health board member say they stopped Oranga Tamariki taking two babies into state care at Waitakere Hospital on Friday morning.
Dozens of people gathered at the hospital after news of the alleged uplifts got out - but never eventuated.
And late on Friday afternoon Oranga Tamariki said that's because the babies were never going to be taken into care and claims that they were are incorrect.
Amy Williams filed this report.