The Māori Women’s Welfare League and Oranga Tamariki have signed a strategic partnership to reduce the number of Māori babies and children in state care.
This is the first agreement with a Māori organisation and the first of it’s kind between the agency and the Māori Women’s Welfare League.
“We want to see our branches on the ground working more closely and being more involved in the decisions. This isn’t just about advising, this is about making the decisions and being part of that process” says our National President.
Over the next 12 months, we will explore a programme of work which contributes to the change necessary to improve outcomes for tamariki Māori and their whānau. The positive outcomes for our tamariki in Wairau works because of the League Branches, Iwi and Oranga Tamariki working together. Their primary goal is to ensure our tamariki stay within whanau and that can’t happen unless everyone is doing their part.
The signing marks Oranga Tamariki’s fifth strategic partnership, with existing agreements including Ngāi Tahu, Ngāpuhi, Waikato-Tainui and Tuhoe. Each agreement is unique, but all share the vision to reduce the number of tamariki in the care of Oranga Tamariki.