3 Feb 2020

Armed police used to uplift Maori baby from solo mum - report

From Morning Report, 7:21 am on 3 February 2020

Fourteen armed police were used by Oranga Tamariki to uplift a five-month-old Māori baby from a solo mother.

That's a story in a report published this morning as a result of a Māori-led national review of government agency Oranga Tamariki.

Dame Naida Glavish, who chairs the Whānau Ora governance group, says the review  confirms systemic failure, discrimination and inexplicable breaches of human rights towards Māori.

The story of armed police descending on the home of a single mum is one of the disturbing cases revealed.

Dame Naida speaks to Susie Ferguson.