“The Waitangi Tribunal has completely missed the point with its review into Oranga Tamariki,” says ACT’s spokesperson for Children Karen Chhour.

“Oranga Tamariki is broken for all children, not just Māori. If we can’t get the current system right, how will creating an independent Māori Transition Authority fix anything?

“I was a Māori child in state care and I can tell you that Māori children aren't that different, they just need to be loved, fed, educated and not abused by the people who claim to care for them.

“We need to do what’s in the best interest of a child regardless of the colour of their skin.

“The review concentrates on the Treaty, parents and whanau. How about we ask what’s best for the kids? Nobody has stopped to ask whether removing children from these families was actually in their best interest.

“At the same time as the Government is pulling back on its inquiry into abuse in state care.

“Oranga Tamariki’s governing principles and its Act should be colour-blind, utterly child-centric and open to whatever solution will ensure a child’s wellbeing. I have Member's Bill which would ensure this happens, placing more value on the best interests of the child rather than the Treaty.”

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