6 Jun 2012

$3m wanted for campaign to stop Maori child abuse

6:37 am on 6 June 2012

A Maori child advocacy group wants the Government to fund a $3 million campaign to discourage violence in Maori families.

The Ririki group has developed a parenting model based on traditional Maori beliefs and family values, and would spend the money promoting its concept.

It will make a submission to a Maori Affairs Select Committee inquiry in Auckland on Wednesday.

Figures from the Ministry of Social Development show that Maori children are more likely than non-Maori children to be abused or neglected.

Some 800 community workers have been trained to use Ririki's parenting model in their work with whanau.