By Maori, for Maori the only way forward for our kids
MANA Leader, Hone Harawira
Monday 28 November 2016
“The current CYPF service continues to fail our kids, and the government’s proposed changes will make things even worse.
The only way forward for our kids, is for Maori – for whanau, hapu, iwi, communities, organisations – to develop and
lead the solutions ourselves” said MANA Leader Hone Harawira. “It’s a no-brainer.”
A nationwide hui, called by the President of the Maori Women’s Welfare League, is being held today to discuss the
government’s proposed changes to the CYPF Act to remove the emphasis on whanau, hapu, and iwi in the placement of
tamariki Maori in care, and determine future action.
“CYFS continues to stuff up and the government continues to look for blame elsewhere. Instead of working to bring
whanau, hapu, and iwi together to make arrangements for tamariki in need, the government wants to cut us off from our
“And worse than the finger-pointing, blame-game, it’s a move driven by the same ugly racist and assimilationist agenda
all over again: get our kids off us and make them no longer Maori.”
“A huge mihi to Prue and the League for calling the hui. Myself and the rest of the MANA Movement look forward to
helping put the solutions in place.”