14 Jun 2019

Uplifting Tamariki

From Lately, 10:30 pm on 14 June 2019

Oranga Tamariki - the Ministry of Children - is under scrutiny as stories continue to come to light all week.

This morning Checkpoint was with the foster parents of a 6-year-old girl who was removed by Oranga Tamariki because, as the parents say, she's Pakeha and they're Pasifika.

And the week started with Newsroom releasing their investigation into the 'uplifting' of babies by Oranga Tamariki. The powerful 40-minute video shows Oranga Tamariki's multiple attempts with the police to remove a newborn Maori baby from its mother in a maternity ward.

Ripeka Ormsby and Jean Te Huia are that young mum's midwives. They're from Nga Maia Maori Midwives Aotearoa, and Jean is its CEO. Jean says they've "just taken off the tip of the iceberg."

She's started a facebook page NOT ONE MORE BABY TO BE TAKEN to ask if anyone wants to share their stories about state care and abuse in state care - either past or present.

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Photo: Oranga Tamariki