7 Aug 2020

Lady Tureiti Moxon on Oranga Tamariki Chief Ombudsman report

From Morning Report, 7:18 am on 7 August 2020

Oranga Tamaraki chief executive Grainne Moss says she will not resign after a new investigation found the agency routinely removed newborn babies from their parents without warning.

The investigation by chief ombudsman, Judge Peter Boshier, found in many cases Oranga Tamaraki knew about a mother's pregnancy in advance.

However they failed to act in time or consult parents, whānau and experts.

The files of 74 babies aged up to 30 days old were reviewed by the Ombudsman. Forty-five of those babies were Maori. 

Grainne Moss has apologised, saying all cases will be reviewed and, if the decisions were wrong, reparations made.

Lady Tureiti Moxon is the Chair of the National Urban Māori Authority.

She speaks to Corin Dann.