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To: New Zealand Government

Hands Off Our Tamariki

In line with an urgent need for transformative systemic change we the undersigned call for the following:
• That the State stop stealing Māori children
• That not one child more be removed by the State from their whakapapa context of whānau, hapū, iwi.
• The affirmation of tino rangatiratanga and the right of Māori to make decision and control the wellbeing of our tamariki and mokopuna
• That the State take responsibility for increasing State abuse of tamariki Māori
• That the current system overseen by the Ministry of Children be overhauled restructured in line with Kaupapa Māori and strengths based approaches that ensure tamariki remain connected to their whānau
• That legislation and policies be co-designed with Iwi/Māori around an honourable Treaty relationship that serves the needs of whānau, hapū, iwi.
• That during the restructuring of the current Ministry of Children that a Māori transition panel be put in place to oversee all of the Ministry’s activities in regards to tamariki Māori
• That Māori define whānau and whakapapa within our tikanga and mātauranga to ensure the wellbeing, connectedness and care of our tamariki
• That decisions regarding the wellbeing of tamariki must be made by whānau, hapū, iwi supported by Iwi and Māori organisations supporting whānau
• That the recommendations of Puao-Te-Ata-Tū be revisited and an in-depth Kaupapa Māori investigation of the Ministry of Children be undertaken by Māori external to the Ministry
• That the State hand over resources to hapū, iwi and Kaupapa Māori organisations to ensure the wellbeing of tamariki Māori
• That successful programmes such as Mātua Whāngai be affirmed and revisited as processes by which to support Māori approaches to the wellbeing of tamariki and mokopuna.
• That a long term commitment be made to support the return of te reo, tikanga and mātauranga Māori to whānau to support wellbeing for current and future generations
• That Māori philosophies such as Te Aho Matua, Whare Tapa Wha, Te Wheke, and other tikanga based models be prioritised in the wellbeing of whānau
• That Whānau Ora be funded to enable the full provision of services for the wellbeing of tamariki and whānau
• That Iwi/Māori and the Crown work in collaboration to create a whole of Aotearoa approach to tamariki and whānau wellbeing

Why is this important?

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Reasons for signing

  • Why would you not sign?
  • Galatians 3:28 (NIV) There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
  • Together we can move mountains !! Lets be the voice for our Tamariki that have been uplifted illegally! Lets put a STOP too it lets stop the silence tell everyone share it with everyone its all about AWARENESS and PROTECTION of our tamariki... Please sign the petition and share amongst your networks far and wide 💖


2019-06-14 08:44:47 +1200

10,000 signatures reached

2019-06-13 09:21:09 +1200

1,000 signatures reached

2019-06-12 19:24:25 +1200

500 signatures reached

2016-11-02 21:13:36 +1300

100 signatures reached

2016-11-02 19:40:46 +1300

50 signatures reached

2016-11-02 18:49:28 +1300

25 signatures reached

2016-11-02 18:21:10 +1300

10 signatures reached