3 Jul 2018

Difficult system sees alarming rates of Māori in state care

From Morning Report, 8:28 am on 3 July 2018

There are claims many Maori families who have had their children taken off them didn't know their rights. Auckland University of Technology's senior law lecturer Khylee Quince says the system appears to be designed to go over peoples' heads. Seventy Maori support workers and lawyers gathered in Hamilton this week to learn the legal rights of families who come to the attention of Oranga Tamariki. Many complained that the system is complicated, confusing and bias, and is contributing to the alarming rates of Maori in state care. RNZ Maori news correspondent Leigh-Marama McLachlan was there.