16 Jan 2020

Māori babies more likely to end up in state care - report

From Five O'clock Report, 5:18 pm on 16 January 2020

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A man whose mokopuna was taken by Oranga Tamariki in 2017 says new figures showing the continued disparity of Māori taken into state care is the last straw, and the ministry must go.

The Children's Commissioner has found newborn (0-3 months) Māori babies were five times more likely to end up in state care than non-Māori last year.

But Oranga Tamariki says it can't fix the problem on its own.

Te Aniwa Hurihanganui reports.