The Government’s exclusion of the Māori Women’s Welfare League in a panel on the future of CYFs is a cynical ploy to stifle views, says Labour’s Māori Development Spokesperson Nanaia Mahuta.
“It's unbelievable that a significant review on the future framework for caring for children and young people denies the participation of a key Maori organisation.
“The Maori Women's Welfare League was established to champion the wellbeing and care of Maori women and children. Through its local branches it has been involved in health promotion and immunisation schemes, developing youth, delivering training and leadership initiatives.
“I find it incredible that the Minister gave no thought to consult or seek advice from this organisation.
“Maori feature significantly in statutory care and CYFs cases and there is urgency in pursuing a review. But the Minister cannot cherry pick panel members to conceal the extent of change required or simply to push through its own agenda.
“If the Government is serious about changing the existing operating framework for the department it should engage the League. To do any less will be viewed with cynicism about how genuine the Government is about affecting real change,” Nanaia Mahuta says.