Oranga Tamariki “Uplifting” Children

The close attention now being paid to the practice of uplifting children by Oranga Tamariki (OT) is welcome.  The release of the Newsroom video “New Zealand’s Own Taken Generation” highlighting the lived reality of the removal of children by the State brought a greater clarity and understanding of this everyday practice to the attention of…

Oranga Tamariki legislation Update

Children, Young Persons, and Their Families (Orange Tamariki) legislation Bill What does a safe, loving and stable home look like? And who is best to provide this? These are the questions at the core of debate on a bill before the Social Services Select Committee that sets out changes to child welfare services, and that will underpin the direction and scope of…

What’s in a Name? Ministry for (* *) Oranga Tamariki

Let’s get this off our chest right from the start – NZCCSS shares the intense dislike for the name for the new Ministry announced in August. Childrens’ Commissioner Andrew Becroft described the name as “stigmatising and crushing” and akin to naming the Ministry of Health the ‘Ministry for Sick People’. He has decided to refer to…